Disaster Preparedness Training Opportunities

Individuals interested in learning more about emergency management through class-based or independent study training classes have several options. Some are available through state or federal emergency management. BOAH, in cooperation with State Emergency Management Agency, offers a one-day class specific to animal issues in Indiana.

"Animal Issues in Disasters"

This one-day class is led by BOAH staff members.  Upon request, BOAH will instruct individual, customized classes for specific groups, industries or communities to meet the needs of a group.

"Animal Issues in Disasters" presents an overview of topics surrounding animal-related emergencies. The first half of the course addresses health emergencies, such as the economic, social, emotional and logistical impacts of a large-scale animal health emergency, such as a foot-and-mouth disease break in the United States. Learn about other diseases of concern and their potential impact. Find out how BOAH and USDA veterinarians would work to control and eradicate such diseases. The second half of the class guides participants through the process of writing a local preparedness plan for responding to the needs of animals and their owners during natural and/or man-made disasters (such as tornadoes, floods or chemical spills).

Upon completion of the course, participants will have the foundation of a local, grassroots animal disaster plan, as well as an understanding of how events would unfold under Indiana's state emergency response plan. Continuing education credit is available for some professionals, upon completion of the class.

To enroll, contact BOAH at: animalhealth@boah.in.gov

Class Information

To register for a future AIiD course, fill out the Application for Training from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.  DO NOT follow the instructions at the top of the application and follow the new instructions listed below for this Animal Issues in Disaster Course only:


  1. Please type or print all information
  2. For course registration contact Denise Derrer at (317) 544-2414 or dderrer@boah.in.gov 
  3. For additional course information, visit the IDHS Training Calendar at https://myoracle.in.gov/hs/training/public/calendar.do  
  4. Completed applications may be faxed to (317) 974-2011.  FAX is preferred but if you must mail them, send them to:  Indiana State Board of Animal Health, 1202 East 38th Street, Discovery Hall, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN  46205

NOTE: No lodging is provided for this course.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided by the host.  Continuing Education credit is available for most occupations, including Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire and veterinarians/veterinary technicians.

Animal Issues in Disasters Training Application

Animal Issues in Disasters Training Manual

Other Recommended Courses and Resources

Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers several related independent study courses:

  • Emergency Preparedness, USA (IS-2)

  • Animals in Disaster, Module A, Awareness and Preparedness (IS-10)

  • Animals in Disaster, Module B, Community Planning (IS-11)

  • Basic Incident Command System (IS-195)

  • Role of Emergency Operations Center in Community Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities (IS-275)

For more information, visit EMI's website.

State Emergency Management Agency Public Safety Training Institute offers these related courses:

  • Decision Making-Problem Solving/Leadership and Influence

  • Introduction to Emergency Management

For more information, visit Indiana Department of Homeland Security .