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  • The Camp Fire has moved beyond the initial disaster/evacuation phase to the recovery phase.

    NVADG, as an immediate emergency disaster-response organization, has wound down our Camp Fire emergency response.  The emergency shelters are closed and our local daily shelters are handling the daily shelter activities.  NVADG emergency shelter equipment is being repaired and replaced.  We are getting prepared for the next disaster, when we will again activate to provide immediate emergency shelter and evacuation for animals. CampFireSIP1

    Disaster Service AreaWe activate during emergencies, when the quantity of animals and calls would overwhelm Animal Control services and daily shelters.  The Camp Fire generated over 10,000 calls and 3,500 requests for service from people evacuated from their homes.  The role of NVADG is to provide temporary disaster response for evacuation and care of animals.  We help people by helping their animals during a disaster.  We deactivate when the evacuation is over and local animal control can manage the workload.

    All of the Camp Fire animals who were in our emergency shelters were reunited, fostered or surrendered for adoption.  This applies to the 4,000 animals who went through the emergency shelters.  We applaud the work of the hundreds of volunteers who worked to track down owners all over Northern California.   About 300 cats and 27 dogs were relocated to local animal shelters for adoption when the emergency shelters closed.  Livestock found new homes with 4-H and FFA students.

    Today, there are still animals being found on the Ridge, and reunifications happening, thanks to the many volunteers and animal control shelters in the community.  We appreciate the daily work being done on behalf of all lost and found animals to provide care, reunification and fostering.  Historically we know animals will resurface for months after a fire.  If you are still looking for your pet, check back with these volunteers and with the local animal shelters. 

    NVADG is extremely proud of our volunteers for the thousands of hours of service they provided during the worst fire in California history. We are grateful and appreciative of our tremendous supporters who donated to help the animals during this horrific disaster. “Thank you” does not begin to convey our gratitude for your efforts during this difficult time. Please understand that your help and support saved or improved the lives of thousands of animals.

    ASPCA NVADGWe hope that you will continue to volunteer with the group, or support NVADG as we move forward with future disaster responses. Please follow NVADG at: www.nvadg.org and NVADG on Facebook. At our annual training in January, 160 new volunteers went through the 16-hour basic training to become NVADG-trained.  They join the other hundreds of volunteers who are ready to respond during the next fire, flood, or earthquake.  Our next annual training is the 3rd week in January. 

    NVADG is prepared to help people evacuate by helping their animals whenever that next disaster occurs.

  • The American Pet Products Association (APPA) says that 68 percent of U.S. households owned some sort of pet in 2016. While many of us who are pet owners think we understand animal behavior through our own pets, much more knowledge is needed for NVADG volunteers working under disaster conditions.

    Butte County Animal Control and the Northwest SPCA recently presented the Small Animal Handling class for a group of NVADG volunteers and topics covered included cat handling/loading, dog handling, dog loading, and an introduction to aggressive dog handling.

    When asked “what is the most common mistake folks make when handling animals in the field?” Butte County Animal Control Program Manager Ryan Soulsby, RVT, said “it’s remembering that we are entering the animals’ territory and we have to proceed with that in mind. In the shelter we have to remember that the animals are stressed and will not act the same as when they are at home. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometime a bad thing.” Soulsby feels that “this class offers a wide range of experiences that many volunteers may already know but have never thought about in a tangible way. The volunteers get hands-on training with a live animal to help teach our basic protocols in a real-life situation. Anyone can tell you to watch the door, so no animals get out, but it isn’t until you get in the kennel with four Chihuahua’s that all want out for you to really see it in action.”

    NVADG volunteer Quené Hansen feels that she while she has taken a proactive approach to her own pet ownership, she did appreciate the opportunity to test out some of the tools employed by animal control, “specifically, the snappy-snares and the stiff leash. Being shown the larger live trap was a new resource for me, too.” She added that “Gaining the skills to help other agencies with the disasters that impact them is an amazing opportunity and I am thankful my schedule is flexible enough that I am able to take advantage of the brain trust available to us with NVADG.”

  • NVADG was activated to provide Mutual Aid assistance to Shasta County for the Carr Fire Emergency Animal Shelter.  In addition, we made our emergency shelter supplies available for use. 

  • We train all year to be prepared to respond to an event we pray will never happen.

    NVADG volunteers are called to action during emergencies. We work in hazardous situations and deal with stressed animals. To keep everyone safe, training is essential and required. The level of training required depends on the level of risk.

     

    Position New (2019) Volunteers: Courses Required/Suggested ANNUALLY  Returning Volunteers:  Required/Suggested ANNUALLY

    Basic Crew for Sheltering

    These courses qualify volunteers for the most labor-intensive NVADG function:  Providing emergency sheltering for large and small animals.

    REQUIRED:

    16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.  This includes becoming a certified Disaster Service Worker, which is a requirement for any activation with NVADG.

    ICS 100 (Completed at Orientation), 200, 700.  Click here for FEMA Online Courses

    SUGGESTED:

    Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Intake & Forms.  Heat Illness

    *All Volunteers Must Help With At Least ONE Outreach Event Each Year *  (Our most successful evacuation is the  one we don't have to make).

    REQUIRED:

    Refresher class Saturday January 26, 2019

    If you can't attend the above, you must attend one of the scenario trainings.  This way you will be aware of procedure changes.

    SUGGESTED:

    Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Heat Illness, Intake & Forms, attend all scenarios.

    *All Volunteers Must Help With At Least ONE Outreach Event Each Year *  (Our most successful evacuation is the  one we don't have to make).

    Supervisory

    Example: Incident Commander, Group Supervisor, Shelter Managers, Leaders, Volunteer Coordinator, Mutual Aid

    REQUIRED:

    16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

    Radio Operations, ICS 800, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling.  Heat Illness (when offered)

    SUGGESTED:

    Fire Line Safety, Hotline/Dispatch/Radio, Intake & Forms, First Aid/CPR (human) and/or great FEMA courses listed below*

    REQUIRED:

     Either:  Both days of the 16-hour January training OR just Saturday Jan 21 OR Jan 28 3-hour refresher

    SUGGESTED:

    Hotline/Dispatch/Radio, Intake & Forms, First Aid/CPR (human), Radio Operations and all drills.  Frankly, training is the only way you will be effective during an incident activation.

     Evacuation Team and Mutual-Aid Work

    *Due to the danger involved in emergency evacuation, Team members need clearance for skills and physical endurance.

     REQUIRED:

    16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

    Pass Physical Test

    Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Intake & Forms, Animal First Aid, Small and Large Shelter, Evacuation Operational, Human CPR/First Aid.

    Drill

    SUGGESTED:

    Other classes and any of the great FEMA courses listed below*

     

    REQUIRED:

    Refresher Training

    Pass Physical Test

    Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Intake & Forms, Animal First Aid, Small and Large Shelter, Evacuation Operational, Human First Aid/CPR

    Drill

    SUGGESTED:

    Other classes and any of the great FEMA courses listed below*


     

    IFAW Responders

    REQUIRED:

    16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

    Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Heat Illness (when offered)

    SUGGESTED:

    Swiftwater Awareness, First Aid/CPR (human) and/or great FEMA courses listed below*

     REQUIRED:

    16-hour annual training every January. 

    Fireline Safety every 3 years if you're responding to wildfire situations.

    SUGGESTED:

    All trainings and drills.  You won't be activated to respond with IFAW if we haven't seen your skills and training in action.

     

    Technical Rescue Team - Butte County

     

    *Due to the danger involved in emergency technical rescue, Team members need clearance for skills and physical endurance

    REQUIRED:

    16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

    Boat Operations Introduction, Flatwater/Slackwater/Floodwater Introduction, Swiftwater Introduction, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, First Aid/CPR, LARO

    NVADG Tech Rescue Team trains the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Must do: TAR, Swift water, Boats. 

    SUGGESTED:

    Swiftwater II, High Angle Rope Rescue, Swiftwater Awareness every 3 years, Helo Dunker

     

     

     

    REQUIRED:

    16-hour annual training.

    BIRG Drills: (6) Must do 2 per year.  Over The Edge(OTE), Swift water, Technical Animal Rescue (TAR), Air Ops. 

    Air Ops (12): Must do 2 per year. 3rd Saturday of the month. 

    BCSAR OTE (12): Must do 6 per year. 3rd Tuesday of the month. 

    Annual Skills Assessment:  BIRG or "in-house" Must do once per year.

    NVADG Tech Rescue Team trains the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Must do: TAR, Swift water, Boats. 

    Disciplines: OTE, TAR, Swift water, Boats, Helo Awareness.

     

    Incident Commander

    Group Supervisor

    REQUIRED:

    16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

    Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Hotline/Dispatch/Radio, Heat Stress, ICS 800, Forms

    SUGGESTED:

    ICS 300, First Aid/CPR, PIO/Media, FEMA IS244.B Managing and Developing Volunteers or * any of the other great FEMA IS courses (see below)

    REQUIRED:

    16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

    Fireline Safety every 3 years, Swiftwater Awareness every 3 years.

    SUGGESTED:

    Every training and drill NVADG schedules. 

    Outside courses on working with emergency agencies, leadership, and animal welfare during disasters.

     

    To drive NVADG Trucks & Trailers:  A minimum of class A driver's license is required for the IFAW/NVADG Truck/Trailer, a minimum class B licenses is required for the Initial Attack Trailer, a class C license qualifies for the Technical Rescue, Livestock and Outreach Trailers.  Drivers are highly valued and needed, but you must pass a NVADG driver's test to be approved to drive or tow NVADG equipment.

     More info: ICS (incident Command System) courses are identified as "IS" in the FEMA course directory.
    ICS 200: Basic Incident Command System,
    ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System
    ICS 700: National Incident Management System
    ICS 800: National Response Plan (NRP)

     * Great FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study Program (ISP) Courses

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