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The FEMA independent study course is for farmers, extension agents, emergency managers, and others who have interests in the livestock industry. It describes the various hazards that animals can face and how to mitigate them, as well as how to respond to an actual disaster.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Training makes people better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. IT furthers the process of citizens understanding their responsibility in preparing for disaster and also increases their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors.

FEMA Independent Study Course List
This website provides training courses from IS-1 to IS-800 – certificates are issued by FEMA after exams are passed and CEU’s can be earned.

FEMA Flood Safety Awareness -2015-The link below will provide with some great information about flood safety and preparedness suggestions regardless of where you live.
2015 Flood Safety Awareness Toolkit.pdf

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters and it links Extension educators from across the U.S. and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.

Florida AgSafe Network
This provides educational information for making the agricultural workplace safer and healthier and also contains materials relevant for disasters and emergency situations. It includes the monthly newsletter, “Safety News & Notes” written by Carol J. Lehtola.

Center for Food Security and Public Health
CFSPH efforts to increase national preparedness for accidental or intentional introduction of disease agents that threaten food production or public health. It prepares and distributes educational materials on bioterrorism and agroterrorism agents to veterinarians, public health officials and medical professionals. (@ Iowa State Univ)

PublicHealth.ORG publishes free healthcare-related resources for students, professionals, and patients, and helps prepare current and prospective public health students for college and beyond.
Links of interest are: Public Health Careers and Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Guide

Resource specifically for Pennsylvanian students made by It includes state-specific public health opportunities and career outlook information.

Procedures for Humane Euthanasia
This website discusses various methods veterinarians “put animals down” to end their suffering. The Website serves as a brochure for lay people who do not have immediate access to a veterinarian during a crisis that requires euthanasia.

Disaster Handbook
This handbook helps Extension personnel assist their communities in times of disasters and also refers to surviving disaster situations and recovering from them. (UF and IFAS extension)

The Red Cross Pet First Aid App has resources developed by experts on how to maintain a pet’s health and what to do during emergencies.

  • Pet owners learn about signs of a healthy dog or cat so they can recognize health problems early. Catching potential illness or injury early can make a huge difference in treatment success.
  • The app gives users instant access to information including step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations for dogs and cats.
  • App users will learn how to treat wounds, control bleeding and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Information about administering medication, behavioral and nutritional information is also included.
  • Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.
  • The App is available from your smart phone’s app store, or visit for more information.
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December 2nd, 2023 in Allegheny County: 1 cat involved in house fire. We delivered a Pet Care Kit to the client at the hotel.December 3rd, 2023 in Fayette County: 2 dogs and 1 cat involved in mobile home fire. Delivered Pet Care Kit to client staying with family.December 1st, 2023 in Westmoreland County: 4 dogs trapped in partial home collapse. We assisted FD on scene.November 18th, 2023 in Adams County: Search and rescue for report of mother dog and 4 puppies abandoned in a cage in the woodsNovember 8th, 2023 in Allegheny County: House fire involving two chickens- Pet Care Kit of supplies/food delivered to owner.November 13th, 2023 in Westmoreland County: Appx. 24 animals being seized for neglect, so transportation help was needed from scene to shelter.November 11th, 2023 in Butler County: 1 dog & 1 cat involved in house fire in need of Pet Care Kit.November 6th, 2023 in Westmoreland County: 1 dog & 2 cats from house fire assisted with Pet Care Kit.November 13th, 2023 in Lehigh County: Requested to assist with a house fire involving large amount of animals