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ID
1-508-1223
Name
Animal Evacuation, Transport, and Re-Entry Team
Status
Published
Updated
9/28/2018 5:08:27 PM
Released
06/19/2018
Description
The Animal Evacuation, Transport, and Re-entry Team evacuates animals from disaster areas to non-impacted areas by receiving animals from search-and-rescue teams, animal control personnel, shelters, or members of the community. This team coordinates the animals' return to the community, as appropriate. This team also transports animals from one location to another, as appropriate, to meet disaster response needs.
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Critical Transportation
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
This team: 1. Coordinates with Animal Search and Rescue, Sheltering, and Veterinary Medical Teams, as necessary 2. Manages evacuation planning, activities, and transport 3. Identifies and documents animals 4. Initiates and continues animal tracking 5. Loads and unloads animals 6. Monitors animals throughout the evacuation, transport, and re-entry process 7. Transports or coordinates transport of evacuated animals to and from impacted areas 8. Reunifies or facilitates reunification of animals with their owners 9. Performs the above duties for one or more of the following populations: a. Companion animals, including pets, service animals, and assistance animals b. Livestock, including food or fiber animals and domesticated equine species c. Wildlife, captive wildlife, or zoo animals d. Laboratory animals
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss logistics for deploying this team, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment 2. This team typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days 3. Required personnel, supplies, and equipment depend on the operating environment (hot, warm, or cold), potential hazards, and type of mission (evacuation, re-entry, or both); requestor specifies additional training, certification, or experience required to operate in hazardous environments, if appropriate 4. Requestor specifies required competency with particular animal populations and tracking software/systems, as well as other evacuation, transport, and re-entry requirements 5. Requestor orders a Veterinarian or Veterinary Assistant to support team activities, if necessary 6. Discuss provision/acquisition of necessary animal identification and tracking supplies and equipment, such as GPS, microchips, universal microchip scanners, barcode systems and readers, ID supplies (tab band collars, livestock tags, or other ID suitable for species), intake forms, and request-for-rescue forms 7. Discuss provision of animal transport vehicles appropriate for the species transported, as well as the need for authorized drivers 8. Discuss the need for species-specific animal handling supplies and equipment 9. Requestor orders additional Animal Care and Handling Specialists or Animal Intake and Reunification Specialists as necessary, based on the incident
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
Personnel Per Team MinimumNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 112
Type 29
Type 34
Type 42
Personnel Per Team Management and OversightFor Type 3 and Type 4 teams, a NIMS Type 1 Animal Emergency Response Team Leader may direct the team from a central dispatch location, or the existing chain of command may provide management and oversight, at the requestor’s discretion.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
Type 3Not Specified
Type 4Not Specified
Personnel Per Team Support1. Add drivers based on the number of vehicles used for transport. Driver is not a NIMS typed position. 2. A driver may be one of the team members, depending on the vehicle and the team member's driving credentials. 3. Personnel listed represents the minimum number to accomplish the mission. Requestor will request additional personnel resources based on incident needs and the supported animal population.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 2 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Care and Handling Specialist 1 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Intake and Reunification Specialist
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 2 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Care and Handling Specialist 2 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Intake and Reunification Specialist
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 2 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Care and Handling Specialist
Type 42 – NIMS Type 2 Animal Care and Handling Specialist
Capacity Per Team TransportCapacity varies based on species transported.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 150 or more animals
Type 231 to 49 animals
Type 311 to 30 animals
Type 41 to 10 animals
Equipment Per Team TransportNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Capture and containment equipment suitable for species transported
Equipment Per Team Member Personal Protective EquipmentThe following regulation addresses PPE: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4PPE is mission specific and may vary by work environment; it includes: 1. Protective footwear 2. Protective clothing for skin exposure 3. Eye and ear protection 4. Respirators 5. Gloves 6. Masks
Equipment Per Team CommunicationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41. Two-way portable radios as necessary for team communication 2. One cell phone per team member 3. One GPS per vehicle
Transportation Per Team TransportNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41. Number, type, and animal capacity of transport vehicles determined based on mission and species evacuated 2. Passenger vehicles, as appropriate for team mission
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Care and Handling Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Intake and Reunification Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinarian
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinary Assistant
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment, latest edition adopted
Animal Welfare Act and associated regulations, latest editions adopted
National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Animal Evacuation and Transportation Best Practices, June 2012
NASAAEP Species Evacuation and Transport Guide, September 2014