Disaster Kit For a Service Dog

by Alice McGowen

Planning your personal go-kit is important but don’t forget your service dog. For your animal’s health and safety, you might consider creating two types of go-kits . For instance,  individuals who are power dependent may wish to plan on sheltering at a location with backup generators in advance of  severe storms. Many times this is just for a few hours or overnight until power is restored.   Create one kit just for day trips or overnight planning, and one for longer term evacuation.  Here are recommended items to consider for your service animal go-bag:

Sheltering & Comfort items:

  • Supply of any medications your animal is taking.
  • Week’s supply* of food (Some wet food is recommended to improve hydration)
  • Week’s supply* water.
  • Treats (helps keep life normal and reduces stress)
  • Bowl (small dish soap can be handy)
  • Blanket (Covering cages in large shelters helps calm the animal)
  • Appropriate pet outerwear for weather such as booties or coat
  • Favorite Toy
  • Manual can opener
  • Plastic bags and paper towels for cleaning up waste.
  • Disinfectant such as chlorox wipes or sanitizersvest
  • Small bottle of dog’s regular shampoo
  • Crate or other pet carrier
  • Pack a copy of the ADA laws -you may need it to help resolve access issues

*(72 hours is recommended for your smaller go-kit)

Working and Safety items:

  • Booties to protect your dogs feet from glass, sharp objects and cold/hot surfaces
  • Service Vest and ID badge if your dog has one
  • Extra Leash, collar and harness.
  • Pet First Aid Kit
  • Muzzle
  • Small flashlight and spare batteries

Identity Records (Records help with proof of ownership, and access to shelters)  When possible laminate documents or store in water proof baggie/container.

  • Copy of all current vaccinations and health records,
  • Copy of your identity papers (In case you become separated from your dog)
  • License numbers, micro-chip or tattoo numbers and tags.
  • List of allergies if any (food, medication or anything else)
  • Pet Medication (If any) and feeding schedule.
  • Several photos of your animal (you with your animal helps with proof of ownership)
  • Contact numbers for your service dog’s veterinary and other relevant resource numbers

Ken Jorgustin on the “Modern Survival Blog” recommends that you talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. You may consider a pet first aid reference book.

Questions you might wish to ask

When it comes to evacuation what things should you consider?

  1. Talk to your local Red Cross office or dial 211 now and find out what agencies may have services and registries.  Ask when and where you can shelter based on your particular needs.
  2. Is there a Vulnerable Population shelter available near you? (some cities provide them)
  3. Have you made arrangements for your non-service pets and made a disaster kits for them?
  4. What type of transportation services will be available  locally for your specific needs.
  5. Do you have regularly scheduled services such as dialysis, ask what their emergency service plan is for clients?
  6. Do you have home health care services, ask them what is their emergency plan for clients?
  7. Does your electric company have a registry for power-dependent individuals.
  8. Do you receive meals on wheels, if you shelter in place will you be able to provide for your service dog and yourself, does your meal service provider have an emergency plan
  9. Do you have a Pet  Alert Sticker in your window?  If you evacuate with your pet/service dog post a sign  or place duck tape across the sticker with a note on it that says “evacuated”
  10. A set of keys should be given to your “Designated Caregivers” in case you can not take care of your dog.



Integrating #DAFN into Emergency Planning – Training Course

by Alice McGowen, #DAFN Specialist for Humanity Road

April marks one year since we launched our #DAFN hashtag as part of the America’s National PrepareAthon. Humanity Road launched our awareness campaign for vulnerable population groups last year to help deliver and share key information for vulnerable populations.  Preparing for an emergency is important, but even more so for individuals who are dependent on electricity, special treatments,  durable equipment and other services which could be a survival risk if disrupted.  After polling the public we created a hashtag to organize content so that the public, caregivers, responders and emergency management can follow the discussion, share their programs and access key information.  The  #DAFN hashtag covers items and discussions specific to preparedness and response for persons with disabilities and functional needs.

This week, the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is announcing new training opportunities for applicants in the National Capital Region.  The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering the Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning (L197) training course in May, June, and July. In addition to state and local government employees, these three offerings are an excellent opportunity for private-sector partners or volunteer agencies.  These training opportunities are not being sent out via GovDelivery nor will they be posted to the EMI Website.

The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination is offering the L197 on the following dates:

May 14–15, 2015
June 11–12, 2015
July 20–21, 2015

The course location is:

FEMA Headquarters
400 C Street, SW
FEMA Conference Center Room A
Washington, DC 20472

PREREQUISITE: Applicants must complete Independent Study (IS) course IS-230 before attending this course. Participants are also encouraged to complete IS-100 and IS-700. Participants do not need to complete these requirements prior to submitting their applications, but must complete them prior to attending the L197 course.

Information about the offerings and FEMA Form (FF) 119-25-1 General Admissions Application are attached to this message.

Office of Disability Integration and Coordination

500 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472

Information about the offerings and FEMA Form (FF) 119-25-1 General Admissions Application
are provided below [PDF]

       App    Training Opp


FEMA Form 119-25-1

Training Opportunity 1157 – L0197 Integrating Access Functional Needs