3.0 Demonstrates situational awareness of, and solutions to, actual/potential health concerns that may be encountered before, during, and after a disaster or animal health emergency[i]
3.1 Able to identify general indicators or epidemiological clues that may signal the onset or exacerbation of a disaster or animal health emergency
3.2 Able to describe measures to maintain situational awareness before, during, and after a disaster or animal health emergency
3.3 Understands the health and fitness requirements that may be encountered in austere environments during disaster and animal health emergencies[ii]
3.4 Ensures health and safety of self and others[iii]
3.5 Maintains an awareness of the critical elements of a disaster or animal disease emergency by seeking, filtering, and processing information from available sources. Supports collective awareness through the provision of information[iv]
3.6 Understands the potential mental health impacts on both responders and animal owners from the effects of disasters and animal health emergencies; knows where to find psychological first aid resources (for temporary answers), and professional referrals for others or self (for longer-term help)
[i] Principles should be consistent with the Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings and the Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel
[ii] Explain general health risks associated with disasters and animal health emergencies. Explain personal fitness risks and requirements associated with disasters and animal health emergencies
[iii] Explain general safety risks associated with disasters and animal health emergencies. Describe risk reduction measures that can be implemented to mitigate or prevent infectious and hazardous exposures in a disaster or animal health emergency. Demonstrate proficiency in the assessment, selection, and use of health and safety measures (e.g., technology, equipment, devices, situations). Adhere to applicable industry regulations, guidelines, and safety precautions related to the use of PPE and other devices.
[iv] Identify sources of information relevant to critical elements of disaster or emergency. Use tools (e.g., communication) to support situational awareness. Understand the importance of reviewing situation reports to remain up to date on a response. Maintain an awareness of own behavior and consider the perspectives of others to resolve or avoid cultural issues or misinterpretations.