U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Resource: Animal Protection: Small Animal Sheltering Team
Category: Animals and Agriculture Issues
Kind: Team
Minimum Capabilities (Component) Minimum Capabilities
(Metric)
Type I Type II Type III Type IV Other
Personnel Number of People Per Response

22-person response team to set up and run a small animal shelter, consisting of:
• 1 supervisor
• 3 team leaders
• 18 members for 3 shifts
• 1 veterinarian/veterinarian
  technician

Can deploy for a minimum of 7 days

5-person response team to advise and support local efforts to set up a small animal shelter with the goal for the locals to operate the shelter, consisting of:
• 1 supervisor: organize
  and plan
• 1 shelter manager: oversee
  shelter set up
• 3 team members
• 1 admin/finance team
  member, tracking animals
  coming in and logging out
• 1 shelter operations
  member reporting to shelter
  manager

• 1 logistics team, get
  equipment and supplies
  for shelter member

All team members work with and train local resources

Shelter manager will assign tasks to local shelter workers

Can deploy for a minimum of 5 days

2-person advisory team to support local efforts to set up a small animal shelter

Can deploy for a minimum
5 days

   
Personnel Number of Animals Affected

 

 
Equipment  

Radio/walkie-talkie system; Cell phones; Pagers; Laptops; Base station; Fresh batteries; Administration/management kit with forms; Documents; Plans; SOPs; Manuals; Office supplies

Basic handling equipment and supplies (gloves, control poles)

Basic veterinary and medical supply kit, refer to American Red Cross/HSUS list

(Crates and food will need to be supplied through local area procurement)

Radio/walkie-talkie system; Cell phones; Pagers; Laptops; Base station; Fresh batteries; Administration/management kit with forms; Documents; Plans; SOPs; Manuals; Office supplies

Basic handling equipment and supplies (gloves, control poles)

Basic communication (cell phones) equipment; Laptop; Forms; SOPs

 

 
Vehicle  

1 four-wheel-drive pickup truck for supplies

Plus other four-wheel-drive vehicles

2 large vehicles with
four-wheel-drive for supplies

1 vehicle for transport

 

 

 
Training and Experience  

FEMA EMI/IS classes in Emergency Preparedness; Basic ICS; Animals in Disaster; Module A & B

Pet First Aid/CPR course (American Red Cross/HSUS)

Full-day emergency animal shelter course

Minimum of 2 years of animal handling or sheltering experience

Crisis animal behavior training as a separate course or as a part of other training course

FEMA EMI/IS classes in Emergency Preparedness; Basic ICS; Animals in Disaster; Module A & B

Pet First Aid/CPR course (American Red Cross/HSUS)

Full-day emergency animal shelter course

Minimum of 2 years of animal handling or sheltering experience

Crisis animal behavior training as a separate course or as a part of other training course

FEMA EMI/IS classes in Emergency Preparedness; Basic ICS; Animals in Disaster; Module A & B

Pet First Aid/CPR course (American Red Cross/HSUS)

Full-day emergency animal shelter course

Minimum of 2 years of animal handling or sheltering experience

Crisis animal behavior training as a separate course or as a part of other training course
   
Personnel Lead Time to Deploy

Minimum 48 hours

Minimum 24 hours Maximum 24 hours    

Comments:

Small animal refers to dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, birds, fish, and reptiles. Local volunteers can support all three types for shelter teams (nonanimal handling tasks, cleaning, and food prep). No sheltering for exotic animals.


National Mutual Aid & Resource Management Initiative
Animal Health