Best Practices in Large Animal Sheltering (1984)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Disaster Preparedness
Saturday |  9:00 AM -  9:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||216



Eric Thompson
Code 3 Associates

Eric Thompson is a graduate of Kansas University with a B.G.S. in Environmental Science and graduated the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center with his Police commission. Currently Eric is working as the national Director of Disaster Response for Code 3 Associates; and serves as the Chair position for the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC). Eric also teaches and provides technical large animal rescue operations for the Emergency Equine Response Unit (EERU) based in Kansas City. Eric is certified as a Swiftwater and Technical Rope Rescue Technician and also in water, mud, rock, ice, fire and trailer rescues of animals. Eric has received over 25 certificates of achievement from FEMA in regards to disaster response and planning; and is working with several States as a disaster planning consultant by incorporating animal-related operations into existing Emergency Support Functions. Eric also instructs technical small Animal Search And Rescue classes (Swiftwater/Flood Ops/Ropes) that meet new NFPA 1670 guidelines for Fire departments and first responders. For more information on ASAR or large animal training please go to And for disaster response information visit ; and

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


Emergency animal sheltering has evolved significantly since Hurricane Katrina. Learn about current innovations in 'state of the art' emergency animal sheltering that support animal health and welfare and maximize available resources. This session will provide veterinary professionals with protocols and planning considerations for the set up and management of emergency shelters for large animals.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand planning considerations for the selection and establishment of facilities to be used for emergency large animal shelters

2. Learn basic protocols for managing emergency large animal shelters.

3. Learn to maximize available resources when establishing emergency shelters for large animals.