Animals in Disasters Veterinary Operations Field Guide   [open pdf - 539KB]

Introduction: "All emergencies are local and therefore the local agency always has the option and latitude to respond to an emergency involving animals in the way and method that best suits the entity involved. This document is meant only to provide some quick guidelines and suggestions to local veterinary disaster response volunteers or others who are designated to take responsibility for animal issues during an emergency or disaster by identifying key points and critical issues that will be useful to the veterinary first responder and his/her agency during the initial stages of an emergency. […] If your team is working under an Incident Management Team (IMT) or other organization that utilizes ICS [Integrated Computer Solutions] forms, the veterinary Team Leader should fill out an ICS201 upon arrival and provide the completed form to the Temporary Animal Shelter Manager (TASM) who will pass it on to the ICS Command and General Staff. The ICS201 is used to gather initial size-up information on the situation, including health and safety concerns, current and future objectives for veterinary operations tactics, an initial organizational chart and a first inventory of available resources. After the initial size-up, the veterinary Team Leader should complete an ICS214 form for each operational period or shift and provide the ICS214 form to the TASM. The ICS214 form is intended to capture notable activity for the shift as well as resources utilized."

2014 Animal Emergency Committee. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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