Training for Napa CART volunteers

Read the volunteer introduction: JOIN Napa CART.

Review the Napa CART Overview presentation.

Review the Volunteer Training in Animal Disaster Response presentation.

Home Study Lesson Series:

During the COVID-19 crisis Napa CART will be producing home study guides as a temporary substitute for our regular training sessions. Review the Home Study Lesson then submit your responses to the questions associated with that Home Study as directed.

May 2020: Animal Search And Rescue Home Study Lesson; Questions for Home Study Lesson - May 2020

June 2020: Animal Search And Rescue June 2020 Home Study Lesson 1 & 2; Questions for Home Study Lesson - June 1&2

Community Emergency Response Training ("CERT") ​

Following a major disaster in the Napa Valley, first responders who provide emergency services will not always be able to meet the immediate demand for these services. The high number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice. Individuals will need to rely on themselves in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about the hazards that affect the Napa Valley and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, personal preparedness, and disaster medical operations. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. In Napa Valley the CERT training is provided though the collaborative efforts of various emergency agencies and coordinated by Napa County.

All Napa CART volunteers are required to become CERT trained and certified. Napa County offers several CERT training sessions each year. Please see CERT training registration information and course schedule at the County of Napa CERT website.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

Napa CART volunteers are required to take the following courses through this independent study program:

  • IS-100.c: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS 100
    This module is required or highly recommended for many programs and activities operated through the Office of Emergency Services. This course provides the volunteer an understanding of how disaster operations are organized, so that all efforts can work together with all other participating groups and agencies.
  • IS-200.b: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents. This module is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System.


Courses that are required for Napa CART Leadership roles:

  • IS-700.b: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
  • IS-800.c: National Response Framework, an Introduction


Though not required, these animal focused courses are also excellent:

  • IS-10.a: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
  • IS-11.a: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning


Recommended for those interested in Dispatch:

  • IS-144: Telecommunications Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) Basic Course

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine International Animal Welfare Training Institute

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine IAWTI provides a number of training opportunities and online resources at their website, including DANR's Guide to Disaster Preparedness which includes an overview of Emergency Services in California as well as information on disaster planning, animal care procedures and emergency-related forms with many types of disaster preparedness activities for individuals and groups at the local level.

Creating a Community Animal Disaster Plan

The Colorado State Extension created this toolkit for developing an effective community response plan for animals during a disaster.  This publication provides an overview of disaster response and incident command system.  A great resource for Napa CART volunteers!

First Aid & CPR Training

Napa CART volunteers are encouraged to take a First Aid and CPR certification course.  Classes are offered through the Red Cross, Napa Valley College, local hospitals and other community organizations.