Exotic Animal Strike Team (EAST)

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Program Purpose

The Exotic Animal Strike Team (EAST) program was started in 2018 as the need for exotic specialists in structured disaster response was identified as a response necessity. ASAR and ZAHP Fusion Center continue to network and identify resource partners that may be interested in working to create EAST responders; with the goal being to bring disaster training to exotic facilities so they are better prepared to help themselves and each other when needed. The larger application is for this training to be widely used and eventually added to FEMA resource typing so EAST teams have a direct link with Emergency Management and Community Planning and response. EAST responders can participate at many different levels during response including:

  • In-house technical responders
  • Local and regional rescue specialists and leadership
  • Regional planning and network specialists
  • Field responder Subject Matter Experts (SME)
  • Field responder ASAR Operations- Exotic Specialist
  • Field responder ASAR Technician – Exotic Specialist

Training Standards

We customize our EAST training for each facility to meet the needs of that Staff. Below are some training standards offered for the EAST program through ASAR. Not all of these classes need to be completed for exotic industry SME’s to participate in disaster planning and response. Recommended training for EAST responders includes but not limited to:

All of these trainings can be customized to be taught together; or customized programs to meet all levels of participation are available. For more information on how to bring the EAST program to your Staff and facility please contact us at info@asartraining.com.

EAST International

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Program Purpose

The International component of ASAR’s Exotic Animal Strike Team (EAST) program was started in 2019 as the team realized the need for exotic specialists in structured disaster response was needed not just domestically but internationally as well. As the ASAR team continues to develop EAST responders domestically, they have also begun to identify international programs where disaster training is nonexistent but very much needed. International communities have many free-roaming, community exotic animals that while not in a facility, still require assistance when disasters strike. The ASAR team will bring disaster training to exotic facilities so they are better prepared to help themselves, community animals, Veterinary units, and each other when needed. EAST International responders can participate at many different levels during response including:

  • In-house technical responders
  • Local and regional rescue specialists and leadership
  • Regional planning and network specialists
  • Field responder Subject Matter Experts (SME)
  • Field responder ASAR Operations- Exotic Specialist
  • Field responder ASAR Technician – Exotic Specialist

Training Standards

We customize our EAST International training for each facility to meet the needs of that facility and their local community. Below are some training standards offered for the EAST International program through ASAR. Recommended training for EAST International responders includes but not limited to:

All of these trainings can be customized to be taught together; or customized programs to meet all levels of participation are available. For more information on how to bring the EAST International program to your staff and facility please contact us at info@asartraining.com.

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