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INDEPENDENT STUDY IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (ICS)

SHELTER OPERATING MANUAL

ADVICE FOR RI ANIMAL OWNERS FACING A DISASTER

PREPARE RI PETS BROCHURE

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The Rhode Island Disaster Animal Response Team (RIDART) is a public/private/volunteer partnership to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies affecting animals in Rhode Island. Those animals include large and small domestic animals as well as wildlife. The emergencies they could face range from storms or floods to fires and oil spills.

The team is composed of volunteers who work under the direction of the RI State Veterinarian. Training – normally free to team members – emphasizes safe handling of animals, pet first aid, effective rescuing, sheltering, and reuniting pets with their owners. The team helps assure that Rhode Islanders are as ready as possible to make the best of bad situations.

Applications are welcome from everyone. No matter what your level of experience or expertise, RIDART can help you make a difference.

RIDART Objectives:

  • Provide humane care and handling of animals before, during, and after disasters by staffing emergency animal care centers.
  • Appropriate equipment and supplies for pre- and post-disaster sheltering and rescue of horses and farm livestock.
  • Provide emergency medical care to animals injured in a disaster or provide emergency transportation to a veterinary clinic for treatment.
  • Assist recovery efforts involving both living and dead animals.
  • Release information to the general public through responsible spokespersons from the designated agencies, regarding such issues as quarantine areas, rabies alert, public service information announcements, etc.
Our goal as the Rhode Island Disaster Animal Response Team is to “provide quality response and recovery to our animals in emergency situations.” We are a volunteer based team that provides its volunteers with multiple training opportunities annually and offers certification in various skills and levels of training for disaster response free of charge.

The documentary Mine portrays the innate bond between humans and their animals challenged by one of the worst disasters in modern U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina. This powerful and emotional video stresses the severe importance of disaster preparedness and first responder training for all DART members.

Click the link to watch the trailer for "Mine: The Movie"

The Rhode Island Disaster Animal Response Team is a 501(c)3 certified non-profit organization


 
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