Disaster Brigade

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Provides leadership, direction, services, coordinates and directs supplies, support to disaster preparedness activities, collecting resource information, within their participating group.

Key Responsibilities

  • Temporary animal sheltering: This group will help gather information on alternative locations and will help staff locations for off-site temporary shelters, help create a system for temporary/individual foster care during a disaster, and help monitor an on-line location for photos and lost and found of animals.
  • Communication: This group is made up of volunteers who support the OKCAW with communicating important messages to the community about relief and recovery through the media. Social media, web sites education and outreach.
  • Resources: This group will assist with logistics, including resource identification and management, including donation acceptance and distribution to community members, groups, etc. This group will also help manage volunteers as a resource.
  • Rescue and Recovery: This group will assist field officers in specific communities as it relates to rescue and recovery which includes animal rescue, and community coordination.


  • Completed the Oklahoma Emergency Credentialing Qualification courses.
  • Be 18 years of age or older, or volunteers ages 12-17 accompanied by a guardian volunteer over the age of 21.

Training Provided

  • Dog Body Language
  • Dog Handling
  • Cat Breed
  • Dogs 101
  • Medical Training
  • Cat Body Language
  • Cat Handling
  • Dog Breed
  • Cats 101

Time Commitment

Must be able to respond to a disaster when deemed necessary, have a flexible schedule and be willing to work long periods of time in the event of a disaster.