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20th Anniversary Report for the High Alert InstituteHAI
5 Animal Disaster Preparedness EssentialsPetResources
AAPS-ABPS Press Release_Final 28Apr2020HAI
Animal Evacuation and Transportation (NASAAEP)AnimalWelfare
Animal Evacuation and Transportation Best Practices (NASAAEP)AnimalWelfare
ASAPbio Preprint Library"Scientific"
ASPR Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit 1.0Contingency Planning
ASPR Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) TrainingContingency Planning
AVMA Emergency Preparedness and Response (American Veterinary Medical Association)AnimalWelfare
AWR111 Internet-Basic EMS Concepts for CBRNE EventsDRMS
AWR160 WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders OnlineDRMS
AWR314 Medical Countermeasures Awareness for Public Health EmergenciesDRMS
AWR408 Disaster Recovery AwarenessDRMS
Be Red Cross Ready – Pets and Disaster Safety ChecklistPetResources
BioLine International"Scientific"
Bylaws Updated 12May2022
Caring for Livestock After Disaster (Colorado State University)Agricultural
Caring for Livestock Before Disaster (Colorado State University)Agricultural
Caring for Livestock During Disaster (Colorado State University)Agricultural
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews"Scientific"
DANR Guide to Disaster Preparedness (UC Davis ? Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources)Agricultural
DHS Contingency Planning CourseContingency Planning
DHS Contingency Planning Course VideosContingency Planning
DHS Contingency Planning Wizard (auto-updated software)Contingency Planning
DISASTER Preparedness for Pets (The Humane Society of the United States)PetResources
Disaster Readiness for Beef Producers (Louisiana State University)Agricultural
Disaster Readiness for Dairy Producers (Louisiana State University)Agricultural
Disaster Readiness for Goat and Sheep Producers (Louisiana State University)Agricultural
Disaster Readiness for Horse Owners (Louisiana State University)Agricultural
Disaster Veterinary Care: Best Practices (NASAAEP)AnimalWelfare
DMS Import
DR-14 Certificate of Tax Exemption 2022
Emergency Animal Decontamination Best Practices (NASAAEP)AnimalWelfare
Emergency Animal Sheltering Best Practices (NASAAEP)AnimalWelfare
Emergency Preparedness & Pets: A Guide for Pet OwnersPetResources
Essential Workers Bill of Rights Final – HAI & RWS_Family 28April2020HAI
Exhibit A Vision Mission and Narrative
Exhibit B Roles _ Responsibilities of Board Officers
Exhibit C Chairperson President Job Description HAI
Exhibit D Vice Chairperson Vice President Job Description HAI
Exhibit E Board Member Job Description
Exhibit F Goods and Services
Exhibit G1 Donor Bill of Rights
Exhibit G2 Fundraising
Exhibit H Fundraising Contracts
Exhibit I States for Fundraising
Exhibit J1 Conflict of Interest Policy
Exhibit J2 Conflict of Interest Policy and Bylaws Consent
Exhibit J3 Whistleblower Policy
Exhibit J4 Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Exhibit K ArticlesOfIncorporation_AsPostedOnSunBiz_Filed10February2011
Exhibit L1 IRS Notice dtd 6.10.11
Exhibit L2 IRS Exempt Approval dtd 6.9.11
Exhibit M Animal Care Licensing and Registration Assistant
Exhibit N Rescue Map 2022
Exhibit O Euthanasia Policy
Exhibit P Intake Policy
Exhibit Q Owner Surrender Information
Exhibit R Rescue Temporary Surrender Owner Information
Exhibit S Florida Biosecurity MANUAL_2021Final
Exhibit T1 Continuity Plan High Alert Institute 18May2022
Exhibit T2 USDA APHIS Form7093 High Alert Institute 01Jul2022
Exhibit U Organizational Chart
Exhibit V Adoption Agreement
Exhibit W DHS FEMA USDA Resource List
Exhibit X History and Future of the High Alert Institute
FDACS Registration to Solicit Donor Contributions 2022
FEMA Stop The Bleed TrainingDRMS
Form 990 2011 High Alert Institute
Form 990 2012 High Alert Institute
Form 990 2013 High Alert Institute
Form 990 2014 High Alert Institute
Form 990 2015 High Alert Institute
Form 990 2016 High Alert Institute
Form 990 2017 High Alert Institute
Form 990 2018 High Alert Institute
Form 990 Amended 2020 High Alert Institute
Form 990 Amended 2021 High Alert Institute
Google Patents"Scientific"
Google Scholar"Scientific"
HAI Position Statement Press Release_Final 28Apr2020HAI
High Alert Institute 20th Anniversary Report 2022
High Alert Institute Sample Disaster and Business Continuity PlanContingency Planning
High Alert Institute Sample USDA APHIS Contingency Plan Form 7093Contingency Planning
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training VideosContingency Planning
Hospital Report Revised 03Apr07 – Distribution VersionHAI
ICS-100.c Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100 – (6/25/2018)HSPDs
IEEE Library"Scientific"
IS 10a Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness (10/2/2015)AWA
IS-101.c Preparing for Federal Disaster Operations: FEMA (10/31/2013)FEMA
IS-102.c Preparing for Federal Disaster Operations: FEMA Response Partners – (10/31/2013)FEMA
IS-1026 Eligibility of Private Nonprofit Organizations (2/28/2019)FEMA
IS-11.a Animals in Disasters: Community Planning (10/2/2015)AWA
IS-111.a Livestock in Disasters (10/31/2013)AWA
IS-120.c An Introduction to Exercises (2/12/2018)FEMA
IS-20.22 Diversity Awareness Course 2022 (1/3/2022)DDSP
IS-200.c Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 (3/11/2019)HSPDs
IS-2200 Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions (5/17/2019)FEMA
IS-2500 National Prevention Framework, an Introduction – (3/27/2018)DRMS
IS-253.a Overview of FEMA’s Environmental and Historic Preservation Review (6/13/2019)DRMS
IS-2600 National Protection Framework, An Introduction (3/27/2018)DRMS
IS-2700 National Mitigation Framework, an Introduction (3/27/2018)DRMS
IS-271.a Anticipating Hazardous Weather & Community Risk, 2nd Edition – (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-289 Voluntary Agency Liaison (VAL) Overview – (6/2/2021)FEMA
IS-31.b Mitigation eGrants for the Grant Applicant (1/10/2018)Funding
IS-317.a Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs) (5/1/2020)DRMS
IS-318 Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-318 Plan Review for Local Mitigation Plans (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-319.a Tornado Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff (9/12/2019)DRMS
IS-32.a Mitigation eGrants Internal System (2/16/2018)Funding
IS-320 Wildfire Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-321 Hurricane Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-322 Flood Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-323 Earthquake Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-324.a Community Hurricane Preparedness (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-325 Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-326 Community Tsunami Preparedness (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-329 State Hazard Mitigation Planning (9/3/2019)DRMS
IS-35.22 FEMA Safety Orientation 2022 – (1/3/2022)FEMA
IS-366.a Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters (12/9/2015)DDSP
IS-368 Including People with Disabilities & Others with Access & Functional Needs in Disaster Operations (2/20/2014)DDSP
IS-393.b Introduction to Hazard Mitigation (6/15/2017)DRMS
IS-660 Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships (12/20/2011)FEMA
IS-662 Improving Preparedness and Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships (10/31/2013)FEMA
IS-700.b An Introduction to the National Incident Management System (6/25/2018)HSPDs
IS-800.d National Response Framework, An Introduction – (5/6/2020)HSPDs
IS-904 Active Shooter Prevention: You Can Make a Difference (9/2/2021)DRMS
IS-906 Workplace Security Awareness (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-907 Active Shooter: What You Can Do – (12/28/2015)DRMS
IS-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone (10/31/2013)DRMS
IS-912 Retail Security Awareness: Understanding the Hidden Hazards (10/31/2013)DRMS
LET221 Active Attack Event Response LeadershipDRMS
LET222 Civilian Response to Active Shooter EventsDRMS
Lexis Nexis"Scientific"
Livestock Emergency Preparedness Plan (Iowa State University)Agricultural
Mitigating Economic Disaster-10Dec09-1HAI
Mitigation eGrants System for the Subgrant Applicant – (1/10/2018)Funding
MOUSE: Memorandum of Understanding for Synergistic EffortHAI
MOUSER: Memorandum of Understanding for Sheltering Exotic RescuesHAI
National Agricultural Library"Scientific"
Pet Disaster Preparedness (Dutchess County, New York Emergency Management Office)PetResources
Pet Emergency Plan and Supply Kit (Iowa State University)PetResources
Planning and Resource Management Best Practices (NASAAEP)AnimalWelfare
Preparedness and Community Outreach Best Practices (NASAAEP)
Psychological First Aid (PFA) OnlineDBH
Ref Seek"Scientific"
Saving the Whole Family (American Veterinary Medical Foundation)PetResources
Science Library"Scientific"
Semantic Scholar"Scientific"
Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) OnlineDBH
Springer Library"Scientific"
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2011
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2012
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2013
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2014
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2015
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2016
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2017
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Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2020
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2021
Sunbiz Corporate Filing High Alert Institute 2022
USDA Blue BookAnimalWelfare
USDA Blue Book OnlineContingency Planning
USDA Online Contingency Plan ResourcesContingency Planning
USDA Online Contingency Plan Slide Set 2022Contingency Planning
USDA Online Contingency Plan Webinar 2022Contingency Planning
Web of Science"Scientific"
What People with Service Dogs Want You to KnowDDSP
World Catalog"Scientific"
Zoo & Aquarium Safety: Example Practices (AZA / ZAHP)AnimalWelfare

Griffin Works offers Pawsitive Interactions with Service Dogs During Response Operations©, an audience-customized training that breaks down barriers by offering hands-on handling training and demonstrations with working service dogs for fire departments, EMS agencies, and public safety organizations.

Part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and home to the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center, TEEX has been leading homeland security training since 1998. The major TEEX programs include fire and rescue, infrastructure and safety, law enforcement, economic and workforce development, and homeland security. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX is unique in its ability to access a broad range of emerging research and technical expertise. Beginning with course design and development all the way through hands-on instruction and national certification testing, TEEX delivers comprehensive training through both classroom and hands-on instruction and as online courses.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of child-serving professionals, caregivers and young adults, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS). 

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The EMI provides national leadership in developing and delivering training to ensure that individuals and groups having key emergency management responsibilities possess the requisite skills to effectively perform their jobs.

The High Alert Institute maintains a list of reviewed courses provided by governments, universities and professional organizations. This list is geared towards the non-emergency management person who participates in disaster planning, preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation as part of their job responsibilities.

The High Alert Institute has partnered with Shutterstock to distribute stock images from the nature images donated by our supporters. For eligible stock images, Shutterstock will donate a portion of the royalty to the High Alert Institute. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to Shutterstock customers.

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Koi need forever homes, too! For pond enthusiasts, freshwater exotic and ornamental fish may not be available through pet stores or rescues in their area. The High Alert Institute Aquatic Pet Shelter Rehoming Program will be happy to assist you in stocking your new pond or adding a new finned friend to your school. Coming soon - when you adopt a Koi from the High Alert Institute Aquatic Pet Shelter Rehoming Program, we can arrange for delivery to your door anywhere in the continental United States.

Have you always wanted a Koi pond but don’t have the space one? Sponsor a Koi in our community shelter pond and we send you photos of your sponsored animal. Coming soon are live Koi Cameras above and below the water to enjoy your sponsored Koi anytime.

Dumping of freshwater non-native species and exotic aquatic pets into wild habitats is a man-made disaster that is truly preventable. The Institute’s Aquatic Pet Welfare Partnership works to raise awareness and reduce the impact on healthy ecosystems through education, as well as rescue and rehoming. Joined by champions of animal welfare and environmental stewardship, this  association of aquatic pet rescue operations and aquatic pet shelters across the United States aims to save our finned friends and preserve our waterways together.

Want to share our cause with family, friends, and colleagues? Looking for a non-traditional way to celebrate a birthday or honor someone special? Support the Institute by starting your own Peer-to-Peer fundraising challenge! Let your contacts know why our mission is important to you and what they can do to support your cause. START YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER for the High Alert Institute.

From the staffing pool to the shelter ponds, from the boardroom to the classroom, and from reading the science to writing the analyses, High Alert Institute programs and services benefit from the experience, expertise, and generosity of our volunteers. Put your talents to use for good and to good use - VOLUNTEER TODAY.

Make your donation twice as nice by rehoming aquatic pets and providing a rehabilitation companion pet to a deserving person, family, or facility. Sponsor part or all of a Joy of Koi Program pond installation – complete with rehomed koi - and give the gifts of love and recovery.

Professional photographers, amateurs, and legal copywrite holders are all welcome to participate in the High Alert Institute Nature Photo Donation Program. Sales of the images benefit the Institute and donors are eligible for tax deductions equivalent to the fair market value of their photos. Landscapes, seascapes, animals, flowers – all may be accepted – whether new or vintage  images. People may be included in the photo but only if unidentifiable (i.e., blurred figures at a distance).

Did you know that unused patents and copyrights can be donated to charity? Intellectual Property (IP) just sitting on a shelf will lose value as it becomes obsolete. The High Alert Institute IP Donation Program seeks to rescue stranded, technology-related IP with the potential for development into marketable products. Once accepted by the program, the owner/inventor is eligible for a tax deduction equivalent to the fair market value of the IP. The Institute receives the patent licensing fees or revenue from the sale of the IP to businesses, helping us to fund our mission. In turn, businesses are able to advance their markets and create jobs for less money than starting a project from scratch.

Disasters are defined as situations in which needs exceed or overwhelm available resources. Some disasters affect an entire community, while other disasters impact individuals and families. Crises of physical or psychological health can be very personal disasters.
The therapeutic value of pets during illness, trauma, and recovery is well established. And Koi fish may be well suited for people who are not able to provide verbal pet commands or physically care for pets like dogs and cats. Koi ponds are also a source of beauty and peace, providing an ideal setting for quiet reflection or meditation.
We are working to partner with pond installers and aquatic pet rescues/shelters to offer free or reduced-cost ponds with rehomed Koi fish to people seeking this type of pet therapy.

Disasters disrupt life and impact our sense of personal, family, and community safety. Survivors and responders alike often are not aware of the emotional, psychological or spiritual challenges that they may face from disaster onset through recovery. With two decades of experience training responders and communities to prepare for the behavioral health aspects of disasters, we will continue to provide education and a curated list of resources to groups or individuals.

Non-medical factors that impact overall health are termed Social Determinants of Health or SDoH. Noise pollution, poor air quality, and poor water quality are three environmental factors known to have a strong link to overall health. And the same environmental factors that impact humans impact their pets and other animals in their care. We continue to assist in advocacy, education, and technology development to mitigate the impact of SDoH on humans and animals alike.

Our efforts in shelter and rescue are the main focus of our environmental stewardship, reducing the environmental impact of non-native aquatic animals being dumped into public waterways. The High Alert Institute also assists innovators with the design, development, and evaluation of green and renewable energy technologies. Reducing the carbon footprint associated with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery furthers our continued mission to mitigate risk and improve resilience.

We partner with public and private organizations, sharing resources and fostering partnerships to improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and mitigation.

The High Alert Institute team has over a century of combined research experience in medical, nursing, behavioral health, and disaster sciences. Our team provides support to researchers and technology developers through comprehensive literature searches and reviews, as well as failure mode database searches and adjudicated reviews.

When disaster strikes, most aquatic pet owners have limited options to secure the safety of their pets. Sheltering in place may not be possible if there is no power to provide aeration and “pet-friendly” shelters do not include ponds or aquariums. Our goal is to provide an option for aquatic pet owners in need of rescue and shelter for their finned friends.

Our goal is to share our two decades of disaster readiness experience with animal welfare organizations, shelters, caretakers, and pet owners, as they implement contingency  plans for natural and manmade disasters.