Northwest Disaster Search Dogs

K9s Saving Lives

Redmond, WA   |  www.ndsd.net

Mission

Northwest Disaster Search Dogs' mission is to provide trained dogs, handlers and support personnel for the search and rescue of live persons trapped due to manmade or natural disasters, as well as for the search and recovery of deceased persons lost, trapped or drowned. These services are provided to government agencies on a 24-hour basis at no cost, as a benefit to the public. In addition, NDSD provides training and education for its dogs and personnel to improve and develop those capabilities that will ensure competent and capable search teams and operations.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Janiece Miller

Main address

P. O. Box 2083

Redmond, WA 98073 USA

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EIN

91-1557156

NTEE code info

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization exists in the event there is a large-scale disaster. In the case of that event in our service area, we would be able to deploy several certified live-find K9 teams to search for survivors. At this time, we have nine teams that are completely certified and ready to deploy, with 4-5 teams in training. Given the fact that there are NO OTHER disaster teams in the Pacific Northwest except for our sister team in Idaho (Idaho Disaster Dogs), we feel that we have been extremely effective in maintaining and fulfilling our goals.

Our programs

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Disaster Search & Rescue

Northwest Disaster Search Dogs provides canine search teams and support personnel for deployment to disaster scenes across Washington State. This response is provided 24 hrs/day and at no cost to the agency, as a benefit to the public. All teams are trained in search for live victims, and many are trained in specialty search, such as avalanche, drowning or land cadaver search. NDSD also trains canine teams for certification with Department of Homeland Security (formerly FEMA) Washington Task Force One, deployable to disaster scenes anywhere on US soil. NDSD participates in canine demos and educational programs for schools and community groups. All personnel are fully volunteer and operating programs are funded by member dues, donations and grants.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to provide trained dogs, handlers and support personnel for the search and rescue of living persons who are trapped or incapacitated due to manmade or natural disasters, and second, to provide trained dogs, handlers and support personnel for the search and recovery of deceased persons lost, trapped or drowned. These services are provided to government agencies at no cost, as a benefit to the public. In addition, NDSD provides continuous training and education for its dogs, handlers and support personnel to improve and develop those capabilities that will ensure competent and capable search teams and operations.

*Train, train, train, and train some more. Seriously, training is the best strategy we have to be prepared for a disaster situation. We have found by experience that if we train as if we are in a disaster, we are prepared when they happen.

Our members have several WAC requirements that they need to accomplish before being deployable, including being proficient with GPS, handling of crime scenes, helicopter safety, water and trench awareness, hazmat operations-level, and several other certifications. Once fully certified, our members are fully capable to respond with their K9's to disaster situations whether man-made or natural.

Northwest Disaster Search Dogs members have been deployed to the following disasters:

Northridge, CA Earthquake (1994)
Oklahoma City bombing (1995)
Atlanta Olympic Games (1996)
Guam plane crash (1997)
Oklahoma Tornado (1999)
World Trade Center Collapse (2001)
Space Shuttle Columbia breakup (2003)
Hurricane Katrina (2005)
Hurricane Ernesto (2006)
Oso Mud Slide (2014)
Hurricane Irma,Georgia/Florida (2017)
Hurricane Olivia, Hawaii (2018)
Tornado in Port Orchard, WA (2018)

as well as to local construction accidents.

We have, as a group, trained 29 dogs to the FEMA-Certification level, which is an elite certification with only approximately 275 of these K9 teams across the USA.

Financials

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Northwest Disaster Search Dogs

Board of directors
as of 2/27/2022
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Board chair

Janiece Miller

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Term: 2022 - 2023

Jo Huxel

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David Tagliani

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Candice Church

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