Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team Initiative Print E-mail

Disaster Animal Response Team

Overview

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) undertook a unique disaster planning / preparedness, response and recovery initiative designed to enhance the capabilities to meet the needs pet owners and pets during and following emergencies and disasters. Entitled the Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) Initiative this project had several goals and objects.

First to assess the current capabilities of various animal and sheltering stakeholder organizations to respond to meet the needs of pets and their owners during and following emergencies and disasters which threaten the region.

Second to facilitate an animal sheltering exercise designed to validate operational concepts that were currently being utilized.

Third to work in with the region's animal and sheltering stakeholder organizations to develop relevant Pet Friendly Shelter plans and procedures.

This initiative was facilitated in the Western Massachusetts region comprised of the following four counties:

  • Berkshire County
  • Franklin County
  • Hampden County
  • Hampshire County

 Western Massachusetts DART Initiative

Information regarding the initiative can be found below.

Initiative Goals / Objectives
Initiative Phases / Tasks
Initiative Overview Presentation
Stakeholder Meeting Presentation

 DART Core Competencies Training (Recommended)

Training
FEMA - Animlas in Disaster - Awareness and Preparedness
FEMA - Animals in Disaster - Community Planning
FEMA - Introduction to the ICS (IS 100.b)
FEMA - Introduction to the NIMS (IS 700.a)

Dog Day Disaster Tabletop ExerciseDog Day Disaster - A Pet Friendly Shelter Tabletop Exercise

On October 5 DART members as well as other animal and sheltering stakeholder organizations had an opportunity to work together as a unified team to open, manage and close a Pet Friendly Shelter.

Access the Dog Day Disaster Tabletop Exercise web site for additional information regarding this unique exercise.

 Western Massachusetts Pet Friendly Shelter Planning and Response Materials

 Shelter Facilities Tool Kit
Shelter Facilities Tool Kit
Tool Kit Components
Standard Operating Guidelines
Shelter Selection Criteria    
Forms
Facility Survey Facility Usage Agreement  

 

 Shelter Activation Tool Kit
Shelter Activation Tool Kit
Tool Kit Components
Standard Operating Guidelines
DART Activation / Deployment    

 

 Shelter Operations Tool Kit
Shelter Operations Tool Kit
Tool Kit Components
Shelter Organization
Table of Organization    
Checklists
Shelter Opening Shelter Closing  
Job Action Sheets
Incident Commander Safety Officer Logistics Section Chief
Operations Section Chief Staffing Manager Shelter Manager
Pet Intake Coordinator Pet Living Area Coordinator Planning Section Chief
Standard Operating Guidelines
Bite Protocol Shelter Rules Spontaneous Volunteer Management
Memorandum of Understanding
SMART / DART    
Forms
Bite Report Expense Reimbursement Request Facility Survey
Failure to Comply Notice Pet Crate / Cage Identification Card Pet Daily Care
Pet Log Pet Owner Agreement Pet Registration
Procurement Log Situation Report Staff Log
Staff Registration Staff Schedule  
Signage
Shelter Sign Kit    

 

 DART Trailers Tool Kit
DART Trailers Tool Kit
Tool Kit Components
Standard Operating Guidelines
DART Trailer Usage    
Forms
DART Trailer Usage Agreement    
Inventories
Berkshire County Franklin County Hampden County
Hampshire County    

 Pets Are Us - A Pet Friendly Shelter Drill

Pets Are Use Drill The Pets Are US - A Pet Friendly Shelter Drill was developed to provide DART members with an opportunity to utilize the Pet Shelter Operations Tool Kit and to assess their management skills in opening, managing and closing  a Pet Friendly Shelter. 

A Pets Are Us Drill planning and facilitation PowerPoint Presentation has been prepared to serve as an overview of the actions that will need to be taken leading up to the drill and the process of safely facilitating the drill.

Pets Are Us Drill - Support Documentation
Drill Overview - PowerPoint Presentation
Drill Evaluation Guidelines

Volunteer Recruitment / Retention Resources

Press Release Templates
Press Release - Template - Animal Profesional
Press Release - Template - Individuals
 Training
FEMA - Developing and Managing Volunteers
Community Partner Resources
4-H - Massachusetts Directory
Act Volunteer Center
Boy Scouts of America - Western Massachusetts Council
Connect & Serve / Volunteer Recruitment Portal - Massachusetts
Girl Scouts of the United States - Central & Western Massachusetts Council
Jewish Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Massachusetts VOAD - Disaster Resource Guide
SMART Volunteers - Massachusetts
United Way of Pioneer Valley - Volunteer Center

 Pet Friendly Lodging

Pet Friendly Lodging
Bring Fido - Bed and Breakfasts - Massachusetts
Bring Fido - Doggie Daycare / Boarding - Massachusetts
Bring Fido - Hotels - Massachusetts
Dog Friendly Lodging - Massachusetts
Pet Friendly Hotels
Pet Friendly Hotels / Motels - Massachusetts
Pets Allowed Hotels - Massachusetts

 Animal Disaster Planning Resources / Best Practices

Resources / Best Practices
Farm Animal Response Plan Template - Massachusetts
FEMA - Pet Evacuation / Sheltering Eligible Costs
Pet Ownership Calculator - AVMA
PETS Act - US Government
Service Animals - Department of Justice - Definition
Training - Preparedness / Response / Recovery

Videos - Preparedness / Response / Recovery

 Animal Disaster Response Web Sites

Web Sites
Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)
State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART)
Western Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)