This June, one of my fourth-year rotations was spent working with Texas A&M’s Veterinary Emergency Team. The team is a Texas resource of veterinarians and veterinary students trained in disaster relief efforts that deploy to areas affected by disasters when local veterinary resources become overwhelmed. June in Texas is right when hurricane season picks up, and part of our rotation involved a trip to a Texas coastal town to help in the planning of an emergency animal shelter. It was very rewarding to be so involved in helping the community we visited to prepare for the care and sheltering of animals who are displaced by disasters. The great thing about disaster planning (i.e., ahead of a disaster) is that there is already a procedure in place for when things start to go south. Part of this planning also involves getting the word out to people that should evacuate before the storm hits. Luckily, in more recent times, laws and regulations are in place that allows evacuees to take their animals with them when evacuated, and hopefully, this alleviates the problem of overwhelming emergency shelters. It has been really interesting to work with my classmates and instructors on creating a shelter which utilizes not only our knowledge of veterinary medicine, but also of veterinary behavior (don’t house cats next to dogs if possible), and of a greater knowledge of spatial awareness (like how airflow might affect the spread of infectious disease through a shelter). It was a great experience to put all of our knowledge and skills together to make a plan that will help a community and its animals recover after a disaster.