Disaster Preparedness Resources for You and Your Family:
Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS, of United Animal Nations) Â
At the website, select â€œOur Programsâ€ then select â€œEmergency Animal Rescue Service.â€ There you will find information on Volunteer Training Workshops, Disaster Preparedness, and Related Legislation. I completed the EARS one-day training workshop in Minnesota in 2007. This is a relatively inexpensive, yet complete course.
MuttShack Animal Rescue Foundation
Visit the website to learn more about MuttShack, see a video about the Katrina Promise, learn about Animal Rescue Certification (basic certification is now required for all disaster responders), and fill out the MuttShack Volunteer Application.
This prospectus provides a list and link to free online Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and independent study courses that are required for MuttShack First Responder Basic Rescue Technician Certification and for volunteering with LSARTâ€”the Louisiana State Animal Response Team. When you complete this training you will be issued a certificate from FEMA. MuttShack also offers online training at the Intermediate and Advanced Rescue Technician (Professional Development Series) levels.
At the website, select â€œDisaster Preparednessâ€ or â€œDisaster Planning and Emergency Management.â€
Noahâ€™s Wish was founded for the purpose of caring for animals in disasters. I highly recommend the Noahâ€™s Wish Volunteer In-Field Training Program that is given in different areas of the country throughout the year. I took their training course in 2006 because I was impressed with how they operated after Hurricane Katrina. They also offer a training course on how to provide administrative support during disaster response. Organizational skills are in great demand during and following disasters.
Book: Out of Harmâ€™s Way: The Extraordinary True Story of One Womanâ€™s Lifelong Devotion to Animal Rescue
by Terri Crisp and Samantha GlenIncludes a very thorough appendix entitled â€œBasic Tips for Safeguarding Your Dog and Cat During Disasters.â€ Terri Crisp was a founder of EARS and Noahâ€™s Wish.Â Â
Petfinder Animal Emergency Response Network
Internet location for nationwide lost and found pet listings during and following disasters.