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The National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) with funding from USDA Animal Care convened a series of working groups (2010-2014). These groups were charged with identifying Best Practices for various aspects of the emergency response for animals. Below are the documents that are the result of their work. 


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In 2022 there are plans to update guidance from these working groups.


Emergency Animal Decontamination Best Practices

This document provides an overview of the challenges, options, and resources involved in the development and implementation of emergency contamination plans for various animals.

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Animal Evacuation and Transportation

Animal Evacuation and Transportation Best Practices

The document contains guidance for the transportation and evacuation of pet birds, reptiles, pocket pets, poultry, and oiled wildlife.

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Emergency Animal Sheltering Best Practices

Animal professionals and animal protection advocates have an important role to play in the disaster
preparedness and response activities in their communities regarding animals. Working under the
direction of emergency management officials as part of an integrated system, they may be asked to
prepare their communities for, or respond to, disasters that affect animals. Part of the task may be to
plan for, and operate, an emergency animal shelter.

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Disaster Veterinary Care: Best Practices

The purpose of the NASAAEP Disaster Veterinary Medical Care Best Practice Working Group is to provide guidance to veterinarians and veterinary professionals regarding the immediate veterinary medical care of animals affected by a disaster.  During such an event, veterinary disaster responders may also be tasked with providing information on preventive medicine, public health, zoonotic disease control and ongoing emergency care while animals continue to be impacted by the disaster.  As in any disaster, a plan that mobilizes local resources and expertise as quickly as possible can save the lives of people and animals.

Recommended Forms 1 and Forms 2  

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Preparedness and Community Outreach Best Practices

This document discusses how to develop appropriate messaging content in an animal emergency, why message delivery can be just as important as its content, how messaging can be delivered and by whom, and who should be the recipients and why.

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Planning and Resource Management Best Practices

This document provides a “roadmap” to assist those responsible for animal emergency management in their jurisdictions to locate and identify essential information and provide links to more detailed references.

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Zoological Best Practices Working Group

The mission of the Zoological Best Practices Working Group is to promote a culture of all hazards contingency planning and preparedness for the managed wildlife community. To that end, the group will research, prepare, review and disseminate documents to assist facilities in drafting their own contingency plans. The Working Group will encourage facilities to work with first responders, local emergency management and other stakeholders to draft useful plans that are integrated into their jurisdictional emergency management infrastructure.