Disaster Response Boot Camp

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 were available for a fee of $100 per participant.

Topics covered in Boot Camp include:

Situational Assessment
Regional Threat Analysis
Small Animal Handling and Equipment
Large Animal Handling and Horse Basics
Introduction to Search and Rescue for Animal Survivors
Animal Decontamination
Emergency Animal Sheltering

No additional Boot Camp sessions are currently scheduled. Please check back in 2019 for an update.


Email NACA Training Program Coordinator, Emily Colwell, at ecolwell@nacanet.org