Disaster Response Boot Camp
Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017 at 5pm Pacific Time
Applications for Knoxville/June 2017 are now closed.
NACA's Disaster Response Boot Camp is a 5-day crash course designed to prepare local animal control and affiliated personnel to rescue, protect, and care for their communities’ animals in the event of a disaster. Such disasters range from hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, or wildfires, to man-made disasters, such as toxic chemical releases or terrorist attacks. Most jurisdictions have programs in place to care for human survivors of disasters, but planning and training to care for animal survivors often lags behind. This gap in training puts animals’ welfare at risk, and often leads animal owners to put their own safety in jeopardy to protect their companions and/or livestock. The training students receive in Boot Camp can help close that gap. Instructors are experienced disaster responders drawn from some of the nation’s foremost animal welfare agencies.
The Disaster Response Boot Camp is based on pilot project presented by NASAAEP (National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs) and NARSC (National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition) in August 2015, in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Thanks to a generous grant from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Boot Camp offerings in 2017 will be available for a fee of $100 per participant, with fee waivers available in cases of financial hardship.
Topics covered in Boot Camp include:
Regional Threat Analysis
Small Animal Handling and Equipment
Large Animal Handling and Horse Basics
Introduction to Search and Rescue for Animal Survivors
Emergency Animal Sheltering
Due to the hands-on nature of this training, class size is very limited. If you would like to attend the Disaster Response Boot Camp, please complete the application below. There are no right or wrong answers: we are looking for a diverse group of students, from all kinds of communities, in many different career stages, and with varying duties. Please complete the entire form; incomplete application forms will not be considered.
Applications are open until Friday, April 14 at 5pm Pacific Time for the Disaster Response Boot Camp scheduled for June 5-9, 2017 near Knoxville, Tennessee. (A separate application process will be launched later this spring for a Boot Camp planned for Oklahoma City, OK in August.)
If you are chosen to attend the Knoxville Boot Camp, you will be notified by April 25, 2017, and given further instructions on how to complete the registration process.