In light of the recent floods in the Midwest, you might be wondering how ordinary citizens can help. One way is to get some training in emergency animal relief and volunteer your time and energy when disaster strikes.
Humane Society University, a program of the HSUS, is offering Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) for those interested in saving animals during an emergency situation, such as hurricanes, wildfires, or tornadoes.
During the aftermath of hurricane Katrina DART volunteers played a pivotal role in providing emergency relief for animals affected by the disaster. “There were over a thousand animals there at any given time…we worked long days—up to 20 hours, and slept in tents,” says McLane Evans, a response team member.
The goal is to reunite family members with their pets. DART prefers team members who register as National DART (N-DART) volunteers so they are available to be deployed, by Humane Society, anywhere there is an emergency in the U.S.
Three-day courses are designed to introduce participants to disaster situations. The goal is to teach them to be prepared animal relief responders. Exercises include classroom training sessions, and specialized exercises to foster role-playing and quick response given an emergency situation. All citizens are permitted to volunteer.
Some upcoming DART classes are listed below. Please visit HumaneSocietyU.org for more information, class schedules, and registration details.
Wed, July 9 – Fri, July11
Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
6790 Webster St, Dayton, OH
SAN RAMON, CA:
Fri, Aug 15 – Sun, Aug 17
San Ramon Valley Fire Station – EOC
Emergency Operations Center
1500 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA
Mon, Aug 25 – Wed, Aug 27
Arizona Chapter National Safety Council
1606 West Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ