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Sister Michael Marie, Public Information & Staff Relations, KC DART spacer

Sister Micahel Marie, Kinship Circle DART Public Information and Staff Relations Director, offers gentle hands to animals extremely traumatized in Brazil’s flash floods and landslides. (c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011

While deployed with Kinship Circle, Sister Michael Marie helps rescue a Shiba Inu mix hobbling on three legs along a highway bound for Minamisoma. Trixie, abandoned or orphaned in Japan’s quake-tsunami, cannot bear weight on her mangled front paw. Despite her pain, she sweetly accepts aid and is transported to Animal Friends Niigata shelter. (c) Kinship Circle, Japan Earthquake 2011

Kinship Circle’s Sister Michael Marie, a vet tech, monitors anesthesia as British veterinarian Emma Sant Cassia spays a dog in the at the emergency shelter in Bangkok. (c) Kinship Circle, Thailand Flood 2011-2012

While in Brazil for animal victims of floods and mudslides, locals tell Kinship Circle about 4 stranded kittens. But the team finds this sole calico in an undamaged home where residents left without their cats. Sister Michael Marie examines the baby survivor. (c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011

(c) Kinship Circle, Thailand Flood 2011-2012

Kinship Circle responder Sister Michael Marie comforts a scared bunny left behind when most residents fled Santa Rita, a community leveled beneath a mass mudslide during flash floods/slides in the mountainous region near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011

In the aftermath of Chile’s mass earthquake and tsunami, Kinship Circle Incident Commander Sister Michael Marie helps medically treats animals at an evacuee tent camp. (c) Kinship Circle, Chile Quake-Tsunami 2010

As part of a Kinship Circle team for animal earthquake aid in Japan, Sister Michael Marie examines a dog at a woman’s Minamisoma, Fukushima farm. The woman briefly evacuated after the nuclear plant blew, but returned and refuses to abandon her cows. (c) Kinship Circle, Japan Earthquake 2011

Kinship Circle’s Sister Michael Marie inspects rescued chickens, weak
from lack of food or water in a Namie, Fukushima nuclear no-go area.
Puppies rescued near a police-blocked radiation zone in Fukushima frolic in the folds of Sister Michael Marie’s nun habit. (c) Kinship Circle, Japan Earthquake 2011
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DISASTER RESPONSE PROFILE

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  • Veterinary Technician, Associate Degree

  • Certified First Responder

  • American Board for Certification in Homeland Security — Certified in Homeland Security, Level III

  • Member, National Emergency Management Team: Long Term Community Recovery And Mitigation

  • Member, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD): Specializing In Spiritual and Emotional Care

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  • FEMA IS-10 Animals in Disaster, Awareness & Preparedness

  • FEMA IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System

  • FEMA IS-197.EM Special Needs Planning Considerations for Emergency Management

  • FEMA IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

  • FEMA IS-230 Principles of Emergency Management

  • FEMA ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

  • FEMA ICS-400 Advanced ICS Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents

  • FEMA IS-317 Intro to CERT

  • FEMA IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Intro

  • FEMA IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction

  • FEMA CDP Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (24 hours training)

  • FEMA CDP Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness (24 hours training)

  • FEMA Professional Development Series Certification (7 advanced trainings)

  • FEMA Advanced Professional Series Certification (10 advanced trainings)

  • Citizen Corps/Volunteer Reception Center Training (2009)

  • Alliance of Information & Referral Specialist (AIRS)  /  Certified Information & Referral Specialist (CIRS) (2004-Present)

  • American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Certified Basic INSTRUCTOR For: First Aid, CPR Professional, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, All Safety Programs (Current)

  • Certified First Responder

  • Certified Wilderness First Aid

  • National Shelter System Trained

  • Red Cross Past INSTRUCTOR, Basic Disaster Classes, CPR & First Aid

  • American Red Cross (ARC) Staff Services, Over 70 Red Cross Classes:
    ~ ARC International Services
    ~ ARC International Humanitarian Law
    ~ ARC Int’l Relief/Development
    ~ ARC Tracing + Int’l Social Programs
    ~ Disaster Frontline Supervisor
    ~ Supervising On Disaster Assignment
    ~ Psychological First Aid
    ~ Disaster Mental Health

  • Mass Care, Sheltering, Logistics, Disaster Assessment, Client Casework, Public Affairs, Staff Health In Disaster, Emergency Response Vehicle Training, etc.

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  • Humane Society Of The United States, HSUS/NDART (2006)

  • American Humane, Basic Animal Emergency Services Training (2010)

  • Foreign Animal Disease Response Training Officer (2009)

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  • Experienced As Staff In Ohio State Emergency Operations Center

  • 12 Years Foreign Mission Work On 5 Continents, Including:
    ~ Cultural, Racial Issues
    ~ Assistance In Natural Disasters
    ~ Disaster Assistance In Civil Unrest
    ~ Aid For Displaced Persons

  • 12 Years Experience Working In Prisons (adult, juvenile, death row)

  • 5 years Experience In Crisis Intervention: Mental Health, Suicide, Domestic Violence Center Paraprofessional

  • 15 Years Working In Nursing Homes And Hospitals: with clients and their families, with the terminally ill and advocacy in elder abuse cases

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  • 2011-2012 Thailand Flood: Deployed with Kinship Circle as Incident Commander and Public Information Officer on missions in December 2011 and January 2012. Emergency animal care at flood shelter in the Muang District of Samut Prakan, Bangkok and SCAD (Soi/Street Cats & Dogs Of Bangkok) shelter: disinfect cages, walk dogs, maintain animal care records, food-water bowl sterilization, feeding (including baby to adult animals on special-need diets and/or medications)… Veterinary technician aid: administration of daily medication and injury treatment, vaccination, pre-surgery prep, surgical assistance in sterilization and wound procedures, anesthesia monitoring, resuscitation breathing and CPR, IV catheter fluid/med therapy, quarantine and care for animals with parvo virus and other serious transmissible disease, etc. Animal handling and transport.

  • 2011 Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, Radiation: Deployed with Kinship Circle as Public Information Officer or Incident Commander on 4 separate missions. Search-rescue in disaster hit parts of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures. Built relationships with foreign NGOs and coordinators. Animal handling and transport, shelter-in-place (food/water distribution)… Food delivery to evacuation centers, to animals left in homes or outdoors at evac sites. Rescue and food delivery to hundreds of abandoned hens in 30km radiation zones near Fukushima’s nuclear plant. Rescue and food delivery to cats, dogs, cows…in radiation contaminated regions 20, 30, 40 and 50km from the nuclear reactor. Vet tech aid for emergency sheltered animals: vaccination, administering medicines/treatments, spay surgeries, wound procedures, anesthesia, etc.

  • 2011 Brazil Floods, Land/Mudslides: Deployed with Kinship Circle as Public Information Officer on 2 separate missions to Teresopolis emergency shelter to assist Brazil NGO EstimAcao. Animal care, handling and transport in the mountainous region near Rio de Janeiro, where flash floods led to catastrophic landslides that crushed people and animals. Veterinary technician aid: Meds, wound treatment, vacs, surgery prep-assistance, anesthesia monitoring, IV catheter fluid therapy, quarantine…more post-disaster conditions —
    INTERNAL PARASITIC DISEASE:
    ~ Giardia (Giardiasis)
    ~ Coccidia
    ~ Roundworms (Ascaridiasis)
    ~ Hookworms
    ~ Whipworms
    ~ Tapeworms
    ~ Heartworm
    EXTERNAL PARASITES:
    ~ Fleas, Ticks
    ~ Sarcoptic & Demodectic Mange
    ~ Earmites
    ~ Ringworm
    ~ Blastomycosis, Cryptococcosis
    ~ Histoplasmosis, Phycomycosis
    ~ Pythiosis, Sporotrichosis
    INFECTION & SERIOUS DISEASE:
    ~ Parvovirus
    ~ Cancer
    ~ TVT (Transmissible Venereal Tumor)
    ~ Pneumonia
    Vet tech aid for poisoning, digestive disorder, lethargy, etc. Specialized treatment for bicheira, a flesh-eating maggot disease epidemic in post-disaster Brazil. Large maggots are flushed and extracted. Deep wounds are medicated. Some animals lose tails, limbs, parts of face…

  • 2010 BP Gulf Oil Disaster: Deployed with Kinship Circle, partnering with World Animal Awareness Society, to focus on wildlife harmed in Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis: Comb beaches, estatuaries, nesting grounds and open waters (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida) to find distressed animals and map the oil’s impact. Spot and report suffering animals to area Unified Command Centers. Give GPS coordinates and details on oiled wildlife, to expedite rescue. Embed on planes and boats with US Fish And Wildlife, Coast Guard and other officials to monitor oil damage and wildlife impacts. Document the oil effect on animal habitat and survival. Maintain a real-time map that charts journey in photos, videos, interviews, news.

  • 2010 Chile Earthquake, Tsunami: Deployed with Kinship Circle on 2 missions for animal rescue, handling, care and field first aid. Work as veterinary technician with Socorro Animal Chile (SACH), a coalition of Chilean animal groups and vets (partnering with Kinship Circle) to set-up temp animal aid clinics in disaster-stricken communities north and south of Concepcion in the Bio Bio region.

  • Deployed For Human Disaster Aid:
    ~ 2010 Haiti Quake Domestic Support
    ~ 2009 Fargo, North Dakota Floods
    ~ 2008 Hurricane Ike
    ~ 2008 Iowa Floods
    ~ 2008 Kenya Election Violence
    ~ 2007 Findlay Ohio Floods
    ~ 2006 Hurricane Katrina

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Public Information & Staff Relations Director, Kinship Circle Disaster Response Team

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(c) Kinship Circle, Japan Earthquake 2011
(c) Kinship Circle, Thailand Flood 2011-2012 (c) Kinship Circle, Thailand Flood 2011-2012
(c) Kinship Circle, Thailand Flood 2011-2012 (c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011 (c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011
(c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011 (c) Kinship Circle, Japan Earthquake 2011
(c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011 (c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011
(c) Kinship Circle, Brazil Floods-Mudslides 2011
(c) Kinship Circle, Thailand Flood 2011-2012 (c) Kinship Circle, Thailand Flood 2011-2012 (c) Kinship Circle, Japan Earthquake 2011
(c) Kinship Circle, Japan Earthquake 2011 (c) Kinship Circle, Japan Earthquake 2011
(c) Kinship Circle, Chile Quake-Tsunami 2010
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Kinship Circle is a nonprofit focused in: Animal Cruelty Investigation & Action, Humane Education, and Disaster Animal Response.
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