COVID-19 Protocols

With social distancing and other protective safeguards, deploying to an incident will offer new challenges. First Responders like Police, Fire, EMS, and SAR continue to respond to emergencies daily. If we are activated, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • If you have a fever, or are not feeling well, please stay at home.
  • If you have been exposed to anyone who may have the virus, please stay at home.
  • If you are a member of a vulnerable population, such as having an immune-compromised system or other factors, please stay at home.

If you do decide that it is safe for you to respond:

  • Wear a mask. If you do not have one, we will provide a N-95 mask for you.
  • Attempt to adhere to social distancing parameters as much as possible. (This may not be feasible.)
  • Clean your workstation frequently. We will provide sanitized wipes.
  • Wash your hands frequently. We will provide hand sanitizer.

Conditions will not be ideal. We will attempt to maintain social distancing when dealing with the public as much as possible. Inevitably, there will be issues that will come up that we have not considered. We will discuss these in a calm, rational manner and come up with the best solution, adhering to protocols from the CDC and Butte County Public Health.

Currently, Animal Control, 211, and the COVID Hotline (530-552-3050) are dealing with most animal issues. We are not anticipating being requested, but as we all know, fire season is right around the corner.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the community and especially the furry ones.

2020 New Volunteer Training was Outstanding!

North Valley Animal Disaster Group is off to a strong start for the 2020 fire season!  Our newest volunteers are smart and dedicated and animal-savvy.  Adding them to the still-energetic 2019 volunteers, and the hundreds of volunteers who have been doing this for years and we have an A+ Team!  Thank you to all our volunteers who came for new or refresher training!

We learned a lot during the Camp Fire about the need for speed.  NVADG has invested in current technology and is refining new processes that will make for faster, better, smarter tracking and scheduling.  Together, all our volunteers are working through these new protocols and incorporating best practices.  

We are working together with Regional and State level Community Animal Rescue Teams (CARTs) to help everyone prepare for a large-scale animal evacuation, which we pray will never happen.  Preparation will include standardized training and agreed-upon 2020 volunteerscertifications and background checks. 

To all the recognized CARTs in California: Thank you for volunteering and we're doing this together! 

Unprecedented; the Animal Disaster Rescue Response    

On November 8, 2018, whatever plans folks who volunteer with NVADG had for the day changed at 7:22 a.m. with a WhatsApp message from "JT" titled  Camp Fire Critical ROS.  A fire from Pulga had Concow evacuating and in the next 40 minutes, the entire town of Paradise would be under evacuation orders as well.    

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NVADG Volunteers Get Hands-On Training with Live Animals

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.”

Training Guidelines

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.

 All Volunteers are highly encouraged to attend the Annual Refresher every January.  It is the 4th Saturday in January.  

Position New Volunteers: Courses Required/Recommended ANNUALLY  Returning Volunteers:  Required or Recommended 

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 New Volunteer Orientation and Awareness training.  This basic training teaches you the foundation to be ICS-competent during a disaster.  It is also the path to Butte County Disaster Service Worker certification, which is required during NVADG activation. 

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

RECOMMENDED First Year Training:

Log in to your Better Impact/My Volunteer page to see training classes and sign up.  Forget how?  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Intake & Forms, Drill exercise.

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

RECOMMENDED:

Refresher class held the 4th Saturday of January - at least once every two years.

Log in to your Better Impact/My Volunteer page to see training classes and sign up.  Forget how?  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you can't attend Refresher class, come to other training classes.  This way you will be aware of procedure changes.

*All Volunteers PLEASE 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 (online), Track Specific training.

RECOMMENDED:

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

REQUIRED:

 Either:  Refresher training every year.  Learn what's new!

RECOMMENDED:

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

RECOMMENDED:

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

 REQUIRED:

Refresher Training everyy two years

Pass Physical Test every two years

Every two years: Fireline Safety, Radio Operational, Evacuation Operational, Drill

RECOMMENDED:

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

NVADG is updating many of its processes.  Evacuation Team members will benefit from coming to all trainings and learning what's new.

IFAW Responders

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, 

RECOMMENDED:

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

 REQUIRED:

Refresher every two years

Current competency in the field.

RECOMMENDED:

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. 

RECOMMENDED:

All Technical Rescue trainings and drills.

 

REQUIRED:

Refresher class every two years.

Attend minimum of four Tech Rescue trainings every year.

Submit a new Physical Test every two years.

Annual Skills Assessment every year.

 

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, Intake, Forms, ICS 800.

RECOMMENDED:

Every training and drill NVADG schedules. 

Outside courses on working with emergency agencies, leadership, and animal welfare during disasters.  See online FEMA classes below.

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

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

RECOMMENDED:

Every training and drill NVADG schedules. 

Outside courses on working with emergency agencies, leadership, and animal welfare during disasters.  See online FEMA classes below.

 

To drive NVADG Trucks & Trailers:  A minimum of class A driver's license is required for the IFAW/NVADG Truck/Trailer.  Initial Attack Trailer requires a 3/4 truck and good trailer-pulling skills.  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

General Forms

Here's where NVADG posts the instructions, forms, protocols and checklists we use in preparation for, and during, an incident.  Bookmark this page so you can find it when you need it! 

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Hotline / Duty Officers: Where it all begins. Join us!

Everything about being a NVADG volunteer is rewarding.

Hotline operators know being the first voice of NVADG during an activation is over-the-top rewarding!  It's an ideal position for people who have flexibility to answer the phone during weekdays as well as weekends. 

Find out how you can be part of the elite team of disaster workers who are rarely seen but make a giant impact!

Come to the 2019 16-hour NVADG volunteer orientation and awareness training on January 19 and 20 and learn more.

 

 

IFAW Information

NVADG has been active in California and across the country working with local organizations everywhere to save animals during times of disaster and upheaval. Now, we have partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to rescue animals from dangerous situations caused by nature and by people. 

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ICS Forms

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group works in coordination with emergency services including local Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. All of these agencies have adopted the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMMS) which incorporates the Incident Command System (ICS).

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ICS Information

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group works in coordination with emergency services including local Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. All of these agencies have adopted the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMMS) which incorporates the Incident Command System (ICS).

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Oiled Wildlife Care Network

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group is part of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN).

This is an exciting development!

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) is recognized as a world leader in oil spill response, rescue, rehabilitation and research, and is an outstanding example of what's possible when diverse institutions and organizations work collaboratively toward a common goal. It just makes sense that NVADG trained volunteers would make great OWCN volunteers.

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Technical Rescue Group

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has recently invested considerable time, training, and resources into getting NVADG personnel ready to rescue animals during floods and swiftwater disasters.

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