The following websites contain excellent information and resources
for those planning for or otherwise involved in the care of animals in
For training resources, see our Training pages.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
primary mission of FEMA is to reduce the loss of life and property and
protect the nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts
of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. This extensive website
offers a wealth of information about disaster preparedness and response.
FEMA NIC Incident Management System Division
area of the FEMA website contains extensive information and resources
that provide guidance and support to jurisdictions and incident
management and responder organizations as they adopt the National
Incident Management System (NIMS).
FEMA Resource Management: Job Titles and Descriptions (.pdf)
area of the FEMA website contains job descriptions for emergency
responders, including animal emergency responders. The descriptions
include not only the duties but also training and other prerequisites
to be a credentialed responder.
Center for Public Safety & Justice
CPSJ provides training and other resources in the areas of specialized
development, community policing development, and partnership and
community development. These include community disaster preparedness
and animal-related courses.
USACOPS: Comprehensive List of Law Enforcement Agencies
site’s home page provides an easy-to-use tool to obtain contact
information for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
American Veterinary Medical Association
offers educational materials to assist veterinarians, animal owners,
and others interested in the well-being of animals to prepare for
animal safety in the event of a disaster.
International Association of Emergency Managers
is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the
goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and
disasters. IAEM also offers emergency management training.
National Association for Search & Rescue
NASAR is a professional organization for fields related to search and rescue and also provides search and rescue training.
National Emergency Management Association
NEMA is the professional association for state emergency management directors.
National Organization for Victims’ Assistance
offers crisis response training and has a National Crisis Response Team
that can be deployed to assist in disaster response.
State Animal Response Team (North Carolina SART)
states, such as North Carolina, have formed a SART, an interagency
state organization dedicated to preparing, planning, responding and
recovering during animal emergencies in the US. SART programs train
participants to facilitate a safe, environmentally sound and efficient
response to animal emergencies on the local, county, state and federal
level. (One simple way to locate SART websites for other states is to
type “state animal response team” and the state name into a search
engine such as Google.)
Emergency Email Network
site allows government agencies and nonprofit community services to set
up an account to send emergency notification broadcasts on the
Emergency Email Network to citizens in their area.
Louisiana State University Emergency Sheltering Manual
This website provides an online manual of guidelines for establishing a shelter for owned animals during disasters.
website lists hotels, motels, campgrounds, and other accommodations
that accept animals. Listings are for the US, Canada, and some