Iowa City Animal Center

(319) 356-5295 3910 Napoleon Lane Iowa City, IA 52240
Mon - Fri 10:30-5:30 | Sat 10:30-3:00 | Closed Sunday & Holidays

Emergency and Disaster Response

Iowa City Animal Services Animal Response Team

Iowa City Animal Services, under the guidance of Liz Ford, Supervisor, has formed a volunteer team that will be trained and ready to respond in the event of an animal emergency or disaster within the agency’s response jurisdiction(s). The team is called Iowa City Animal Services Animal Response Team (hereafter referred to as ICAS ART). This team is the first official community animal response team to exist in Johnson County.

The team leaders, Liz Ford, ICAS Supervisor, and Sara Bright, ICAS volunteer, will assess for likely emergencies for the area and training volunteers accordingly. Examples include a natural disaster such as a flood or tornado or human made disaster such as an animal hoarder or interstate livestock transport accident.

Team member(s) will be deployed only in the event of an animal emergency, and only when so directed by the Animal Services Supervisor, Liz Ford. Volunteers will wear a uniform identifying them as members of the team and will perform tasks as outlined by the ICAS ART’s Incident Commander.

In order to become a member of this team, you will need to meet some requirements, as noted below. If you are interested in joining, please send an email to Lisa Bragg, Volunteer Coordinator at the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center. Lisa’s email address is facfvolunteer@gmail.com

REQUIRED Qualifications:
1. Be a current, active cat or dog volunteer for the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center
2. Must be 18 years or older.
3. Obtained certification in the following on-line courses:
A. FEMA IS 100.b course online. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
B. FEMA IS-700.a https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a
C. FEMA IS-10.a course online. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-10.a
D. FEMA IS-11.b course online. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-11.a
4. Classes at the Animal Center:
Introduction to Iowa City Animal Services Animal Response Team.

PREFERRED Qualifications:
1. Attendance at an Advanced Canine Body Language class at Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center
2. Attendance at an Advanced Cat Behavior and Handling class at Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center.
3. Attendance at a one day workshop for disaster response hosted by Iowa City Animal Services