Reducing the Impact of Disasters Through Education
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Youth Program

Emergency Pet Sheltering During a Disaster

The Emergency Pet Sheltering During a Disaster workshop was based on an exercise originally developed by Linda Williams with Montana State Extension. The full-scale exercise for pet evacuation and sheltering was conducted in September of 2011 in Ft. Benton, MT. The goal of the exercise was to determine the potential role youth can play in pet welfare during a disaster. The exercise also provided the opportunity for 4-H youth and leaders to practice their roles in an incident.

The S-CAP program received funding to revise and update Montana's curriculum to become applicable nationwide. The Emergency Pet Sheltering During a Disaster workshop educates older youth, approximately 14-18 years of age, in disaster planning and preparedness for pets. Using Extension personnel and other community partners to empower youth will encourage them to form a positive attitude about the importance of local animal and agricultural emergency operations planning, increase capacity of local jurisdictions to handle issues during an emergency or disaster, increase communities’ resilience to disaster by becoming more self-sustaining and reduce impact of disasters through research-based education.

Program Materials:
Extension educators and other leaders may download workshop resources for teaching. 

Instructor Guide

Participant Guide

Promotional Materials

PowerPoint Presentation

Appendix A: FEMA Pet Owners Fact Sheet

Appendix B: FEMA Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for Pet Owners

Appendix C: Sample Shelter Intake Form

Appendix D: Guidelines for Developing Pet Emergency Plan

Appendix E: Supply Kit Inventory List

Appendix F: Pet First Aid Inventory List

Appendix G: Workshop Evalution Form

Appendix H: Initial Knowledge Check

Appendix I: Final Knowledge Check

Appendix J: Initial and Final Knowledge Checks Answer Key


The Emergency Pet Sheltering During a Disaster workshop was funded by the USDA-NIFA Smith Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (2013-41220-21192). 

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