NHDART regional team members perform the following functions during a disaster response:
Organize and help run temporary animal shelters to provide 24-hour animal care during the recovery period
Provide emergency veterinary care
Provide accurate record keeping and identifecation of animals so that they can be reunited with their owners
Members of NHDART teams are expected to attend regular meetings whenever possible and to complete specific training:
DART Level One Training(Required)
All volunteers are required to complete at least Level One Training. Level One training incldues FEMA independent study courses. Each course is self-paced followed by an on-line exam. Please remember to provide your Team Leader with copies of all of your completed certifications.
• Emergency Animal Sheltering Course -- Basic
• FEMA IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
• FEMA IS-700a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), aAn Introduction This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
FEMA IS-10: Animals in Disaster, Module A: Awareness & Preparedness The purpose of this course is two-fold. Module A is intended to increase awareness and preparedness among animal owners and care providers. It includes sections on typical hazards, how these affect animals and what can be done by responsible owners to reduce the impact of disasters. It is also intended to help animal owners, care providers and industries to better understand emergency management. Module A will heighten awareness of the special issues that emergency managers need to consider when incorporating animal-care annexes into their emergency operations plans.
FEMA IS-11; Animals in Disaster, Module B: Community Planning Module B is intended to guide emergency management officials and animal owners, care providers, and industries in preparing community disaster plans. The goal of Module B is to provide sufficient information for both groups to meet and develop meaningful and effective plans that improve the care of animals, their owners, and the animal-care industries in disasters. This course provides the basic background knowledge needed to develop a coordinated response to a disaster in which animals and their owners are affected. Further training with local or State emergency management programs is essential.
FEMA IS-111: Livestock in Disasters This Independent Study course is for farmers, extension agents, emergency managers and others who have interests in the livestock industry. It describes the various hazards that animals can face and how to mitigate them, as well as how to respond to an actual disaster. The livestock industry is a multi-billion dollar business that provides food for the American people as well as those overseas. It is important to insure our livestock are safe from hazards and will not suffer from the effects of hazards. This course can be downloaded from the Independent Study Web site and the test can be completed and submitted online.
DART Level Two Training (Optional) Small and Large Animal Search and Rescue Human CPR and First Aid Emergency Animal Sheltering Small and Large Animal Handling and First Aid Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)http://www.citizencorps.gov/
DART Level Three Training (Optional) Animal and human rapid water rescue Animal and human rope incline rescue Advanced ICS training HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team (NDART) Certification Advanced search and rescue Introduction to hazardous materials
Other Training (Optional) Hands-on training Formal and informal animal disaster drills Exotic animal handling Shelter management simulation exercises Communications equipment Cross training with other state and local teams