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COVID-19 RESPONSE

If this is an emergency please call 911

Always contact 911 by making a voice phone call, if you can.

Remember that in most areas you can not reach 911 by sending a text message.

  • If you are an organization responding to a critical incident 

NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines can support your response, relief, recovery and preparedness efforts with certified crisis response canine teams.

All inquiries are confidential.

(971) 217-9966 Call or text us with a brief message about your needs and the best way to contact you.

 

COVID -19> Novel Corona Virus Disease Information

The following information is from the CDC and WHO (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization). The original articles, as well as updated and additional information, can be found by clicking the links. 

 

  • Can I catch COVID-19 from my dog?

WHO (World Health Organization) reports “There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19.  COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.

The CDC advises ‘If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.”

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#animals

 

  • Are NATIONAL Crisis Response Canine teams responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?

During a declared state of emergency, the number of people affected psychologically is many times greater than the number of people sustaining physical harm, displacement from their homes, or the serious illness of a loved one. 

Because NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines trains and prepares for mass scale disasters, regardless of the cause, our canine strike teams are responding in our local communities. For everyone’s safety, we respond only when requested by our community partners.

 

COVID-19> Guidance for Our Community Partners

Things we can do together


NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines trains and prepares to respond safely and effectively for mass scale disasters, regardless of the cause. Our canine strike teams are responding to our local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. For everyone’s safety, we respond only when requested by our community partners.

 

  • The people you serve are the people we serve

NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines will continue to support your essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the community’s needs for the services and support you provide every day haven’t stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know the demands for services, as well as the demands on your dedicated staff, have likely increased. 

We’ll work alongside your staff as you respond to someone who’s experiencing trauma or crisis. Together,  we’ll work to transform their isolation, fear and helplessness to shared support, strength, growth and recovery.

 

Self-provisioned  As a reminder, we work alongside responders, community organizations, law enforcement, NGO’s and counselors without charge. Each canine strike team deploys with its own strike team lead, provisions, water, food, travel, transportation, lodging, logistics and safety, for the duration of the deployment.

 

ICS  Within the ICS structure, NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines provides self-provisioned Canine Strike Teams, typically deployed to the Operations Section or the Safety Officer. Canine strike teams can be requested to support staff at POD’s, EOC’s and other ICS functions.

 

  • In the interest of the public’s health 

While NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines is focusing its efforts and resources on responding to the pandemic, we will suspend our participation in joint exercises, drills, outreach, awareness events and similar community preparedness support.

Our community partners are encouraged to Contact Us as soon as possible if this has unintended consequences for your mission. We’re committed to working with you to find safe effective ways to support your services. 

Community partners may use the Contact Us form to let us know of your non-essential event cancellations or to request canine teams to support your response efforts.

 

helping people be safe

Things we can do to prevent COVID-19

 

  • COVID-19> How NATIONAL Crisis Response Canine teams are helping people be safe during the pandemic

NATIONAL Crisis Response Canine teams are following the CDC’s guidance for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Washing hands, avoiding close contact, restricting travel and staying at home if sick or exposed are just a few of the steps we’re taking. To see more of how we’re preventing the spread of diseases, please click the link below to the CDC’s Prevention and Treatment Guide.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

COVID-19

4 steps in the interest of the public's health


  • Assess your risk factors per the CDC

WHO reports “The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

 

  • Social Distancing - Non-essential activities are suspended

Social distancing involves avoiding large gatherings. If you have to be around people, the CDC advises keeping a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between yourself and others when possible.

While NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines is focusing its efforts and resources on responding to the pandemic, we will suspend our participation in joint exercises, drills, outreach, awareness events and similar community support.

When responding, NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines’ handlers will work with 8foot leads to allow the canines to make a connection, while allowing a safe distance for the people we serve.

Source: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/covid-19-understanding-quarantine-isolation-and-social-distancing-in-a-pandemic/

 

  • Social Isolation - Canine handlers with symptoms or risk factors will not be deployed during the state of emergency.

While isolation serves the same purpose as quarantine, it’s reserved for those who are already sick. It keeps infected people away from healthy people to prevent the sickness from spreading.

WHO reports “The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention

Source: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/covid-19-understanding-quarantine-isolation-and-social-distancing-in-a-pandemic/

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

 

 

  • Self-quarantine - Canine handlers with known risk factors or who have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading, will not be deployed during the state of emergency. Likewise, asymptomatic handlers who have had contact with a presumptive or confirmed positive patient will not be deployed.

Quarantines are for people or groups who don’t have symptoms but were exposed to the sickness. A quarantine keeps them away from others so they don’t unknowingly infect anyone.

Source: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/covid-19-understanding-quarantine-isolation-and-social-distancing-in-a-pandemic/

 

COVID-19 response

what you can expect


  • Psychologically Complex Behaviors

To ensure the safety of the individuals you serve, both the canine handler and the canine are specifically trained for working with the intense emotions and psychologically complex behaviors of people in crisis.

Only certified canine teams are deployed and each team is insured. All NATIONAL personnel have criminal background histories cleared through an extensive and ongoing Level 3 screening by Sterling Volunteers.

To respect the privacy and safety of the individuals you serve, NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines does not post information or photos of our deployments to social media. Please understand we can not respond to media requests for interviews during critical incidents.

 

  • Methodologies

At NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines, we provide Psychological First Aid, developed by SAMSHA and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).  PsySTART, a rapid mental health triage strategy, is used to rapidly assess individuals and connect them with the critical care services they need.

NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines also provides canine teams trained in peer support critical incident stress management, developed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF); and suicide prevention and intervention developed by ASIST and ICISF.

NATIONAL Crisis Response Canines is committed to helping when someone is hurting, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, gender, gender status, political or legal status, nationality, or any other aspect that makes us unique yet universally human.

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