Institutional Plans

Michigan State University, Sample policy on Conducting IACUC Business in the Event of a Pandemic 

Mississippi State University, (PDF) Policy and Procedure Statement on Crisis Management Plan for (Biomedical) Animal Care and Use

Oregon State University, (PDF) Animal Facility Disaster Planning Guidelines

University of Georgia (UGA) (PDF) Animal Care Program Disaster/Contingency Plan

University of Michigan, Division of Public Safety and Security, Emergency Management

University of Mississippi

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, (PDF) Disaster Planning for Research Animals and Satellite Facilities

Washington University in St. Louis, Emergency Managment, Mitigation

Online Resources

AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals, 2019 (PDF), suggestions for members of the veterinary profession to make good decisions that support animal welfare within the constraints of an emergency event.

Citizen Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), "Are You Ready" guide (PDF)

Disaster Planning for Research and Laboratory Animal Facilities, an Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) bulletin

Emergency Management Institute (EMI) - Independent Study (IS) Program by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Online tutorials.

NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies

OLAW FAQ #9 - How can institutions and their IACUCs best prepare for a pandemic?

OLAW's page on Disaster Planning and Response Resources

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM): "Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community"
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USDA's Animal Care Emergency Programs

Other Resources

Consensus Study Report, National Academies of Sciences, Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment (2017) Chapter: 7 "Disaster Resilience and Animal Research Programs"

Checklist of Disaster Planning Expectations in the Guides and Animal Welfare Regulations (PDF)

The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals - pages 35, 74-75