Web Resources


  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • USDA is the country's largest conservation agency, encouraging voluntary efforts to protect soil, water, and wildlife on the 70 percent of America's lands that are in private hands.USDA is provides safety of meat, poultry, and egg products and also brings housing, modern telecommunications, and safe drinking water to rural America.

  • USDA Animal and Plant Heath Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS)
  • The Animal and Plant Health inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, administering the Animal Welfare Act, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities and efforts to provide the Nation with safe and affordable food.

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • This web site provides an update of the headlines in the Department of Homeland Security, the current threat advisory condition level, valuable information about emergencies and disasters, travel and transportation, and dozens of other related topics.

  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • It works with farmers to ensure a safe and abundant food supply and market agricultural commodities to the world and operates the state's consumer hotline and helps consumers resolve problems ranging from auto repair fraud to telemarketing complaints.


  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • USDA's Farm Service Agency is a clearinghouse of information and services about farm programs for citizens and for FSA's current and potential business partners. It's designed to empower citizens and business partners by giving them what they want, when they want it, in ways that make sense to them, so they can solve their own problems and achieve their objectives.

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • FEMA leads the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

  • FEMA - IS-111 Livestock in Disasters
  • It describes the various hazards that animals can face and how to mitigate them, as well as how to respond to an actual disaster.

  • National Disaster Education Coalition (NDEC)
  • NDEC develops and disseminates consistent educational information for the public about disaster preparedness. It formulates information and advises the public about how to prepare and respond appropriately to natural and human-caused disasters.

  • Florida Pet Friendly Shelters
  • This document is developed by Florida A&M University and Florida Department of Health/Environmental Health.

  • Disaster Specific
  • Disasters can occur at any time, in any place. Find out how to continue practicing veterinary medicine, continue paying your staff, and communicate with your clients.

  • Preparing Your Practice for Disasters
  • Founded in 1963, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises and disburses funds for initiatives supporting its mission statement, "advancing the care of animals with an emphasis on disaster preparedness and response, and animal health studies?

  • Saving the Whole Family
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed this booklet to help you avoid having to leave your animals stranded in the event of a disaster or an evacuation.

Educational Material

  • Animal Health Bulletin
  • This bulletin is published by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry.

  • APHIS - Veterinary Services Emergency Programs
  • APHIS efforts to prevent the destructive and harmful effects on the health of animal and human populations in the United States from epizootics of foreign and emerging animal diseases and from technological disasters.

  • FEMA CERT Training
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University
  • 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.

  • Southern Plant Diagnostic Network
  • The mission of the SPDN network is to enhance national agricultural security by quickly detecting introduced pests and pathogens.

  • UF/IFAS Disaster Handbook
  • This handbook helps Extension personnel assist their communities in times of disasters and also refers to surviving disaster situaations and recovering from them.

  • Tractor Safety for Disaster Recovery Brochure
  • This tri-folder brochure provides tractor safety tips for situations that are likely to occur during disaster recovery. It provides information on how to prevent incidents of overturns, run-overs, collisions, explosions, burns, entanglements.

  • International Food Safety Authorities Network
  • International Food Safety Authorities (INFOSAN) offers specific advice to those involved in food storage, handling and preparation during disaster situation in PDF format.


  • State Animal Response Team (SART)
  • This is the national SART website that provides information on news, training, and links to state SART websites.

  • National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD)
  • NASD provides a national resource for the dissemination of information and promotes the consideration of safety and health issues in agricultural operations.

  • AgClimate
  • AgClimate is an interactive web site with climate, agriculture, and forestry information that allows users to assess resource management options with respect to their probable outcomes under forecast climate conditions.