This course serves as a tool for small flock, backyard, homestead, and hobby poultry owners to become more informed on avian influenza (AI). You will learn how AI can affect you and your flocks, biosecurity measures that should be practiced to prevent disease and how to respond and recover in an event of an outbreak. Upon completion of this course you may take the final exam to receive your Avian Influenza Biosecurity Certificate. This course material may be reproduced free of charge for public use, however, it is not be be used for profit or financial gain. 

Any questions about this course should be directed to Nathaniel Tablante at

To learn more you may want to visit the eXetension Avian Influenza Homepage or the Avian Influenza Facebook Page

Avian Influenza Biosecurity for Emergency Responders is a self-directed certification course designed for emergency response personnel. Participants will gain vital information on bio-security measures and emergency management procedures that are necessary to prevent, contain, and recover an avian influenza outbreak. For more information contact Nathaniel Tablante, University of Maryland at

The primary target audience for this course is Extension educators. EDEN believes that producers, emergency responders, government officials, and other animal agriculture stakeholders can benefit from the course as well. The estimated time to complete the entire course is eight hours, but the course does not have to be completed in one session.

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters.

For more information contact Ricky Yeargan, University of Kentucky,

Is your farm or ranch protected against criminal activities? How about disasters such as fire or flood? The measures to take to protect your land and property from crime and natural disaster are similar and well worth the effort to put in place. This course shows you how. Through examples, activities, and quizzes, you will build a plan to fit your operation. Start the course now to make sure your operation is protected!
For more information about this course or to enroll contact Curt Emanuel at

In accord with the National Response Framework, engagement of state clientele towards building skills of emergency managers in preparedness for disaster response includes plans for congregate sheltering of companion animals with their owners. Each State Department of Agriculture can establish procedures to work with local governments, state agencies, and volunteer organizations (e.g. National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition or NARSC), with their volunteer base to address the concerns of companion animals during disasters. In order to successfully run a Pet Friendly Shelter in a disaster situation, there are basic equipment and procedures that will need to be put in place to work under the National Incident Management System. The purpose of this training is to provide Pet Friendly Shelter Managers guidelines for the establishment, maintenance and dismantling of a pet friendly shelter in support of emergency operations.

For more information contact:  Virginia White with Auburn University at