Preparedness involves training, exercising and credentialing of responders, as well as creating public awareness that empowers individuals to care for themselves and their dependents (animals).
Preparedness is knowledge, and knowledge is power!
Animaldisasters.com provides extensive educational materials for owners, animal care providers and emergency managers to recognize and mitigate hazards and threats to animals in disasters.
Experts working with animaldisasters.com are knowledgeable on how to help communities identify unmet needs of animals and their owners, and can then provide targeted classroom training and exercises to fill the gaps.
Examples of how animaldisasters.com can help your community be better prepared include developing support for recruiting, organizing, developing, and equipping emergency response teams that care for animals in disasters; providing training and education for animal response teams, owners, animal care providers and emergency managers on effective animal disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; community outreach leading to increased awareness of animal care professionals and emergency managers on the needs of animals and their owners in disasters; as well as finding ways to improve the efficiency with which information related to disaster management of animals and their owners can be obtained and exchanged in disasters.
A principle of first responders is to ensure personal preparedness. After all, you can’t help others if you need help first yourself. Therefore, we recommend that every animal business and farm have at least one person on permanent staff who is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid.
Trainers working with animaldisasters.com can help identify your training needs, as well as provide tailored training to fill in gaps in knowledge and skills. For owners and people interested in animals in disasters we frequently provide introductory level training that helps them understand how emergency management works.
We can also provide advanced training that can lead to becoming a credentialed Animal Emergency Responder and an active member of a local and State emergency management team.
FEMA provides grants to States and local communities that can be used to pay for conducting and attending training and exercises, as well as backfilling positions of personnel attending training and exercises. At animaldisasters.com we can help emergency managers justify the need for federal training funds to help integrate the care of animals into community response plans.
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Animaldisasters.com can help identify what your specific training needs are, then provide tailored training to fill in gaps in knowledge and skills. For owners and people interested in animals in disasters you can also request that trainers from animaldisasters.com provide introductory level training to help you understand how emergency management works. For official responders we can also provide advanced training that can lead to becoming a credentialed Animal Emergency Responder and an active member of a local and State emergency management team.