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Animal Issues in Disasters Course

The Animal Issues in Disasters course is a one-day course taught by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health staff to train local officials, first responders and potential volunteers about planning and response for animals during disasters.

When a flood or tornado strikes a community, people often have the option to evacuate to a local relief shelter; but what about their animals? Most emergency shelters do not provide for pets or livestock.

Those lessons were driven home in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when images of abandoned pets and livestock flooded the airwaves. The staff of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH), in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, is working to ensure that does not happen in a large-scale event here at home.

Who can take the course?
Veterinarians and technicians, animal/humane shelter workers, livestock owners, local first responders, and others who may be called upon to help in a disaster will benefit from the Animal Issues in Disasters class.

For more information on hosting a class or schedule dates, contact BOAH at

AIiD Manual for Course Participants

The following are the units of the course manual, including slides. BOAH is providing the following PDF files of the manual, if participants choose to print a full copy (not required).

Unit 1: Planning for Animals

Unit 2: Basics of Response & ESF 11

Unit 3: Animal Health Emergencies

Unit 4: Sheltering in Disasters:

Part A: Introduction, Populations, Types of Animal Shelters

Part B: Leadership and Operations, Management, Planning

Part C: Establishing the Shelter

Part D: Safety, Sanitation, Biosecurity, Exit Strategy