Be A Volunteeranimal disaster response volunteer

With so many opportunities to volunteer, the Kansas State Animal Response Team is thrilled that you are visiting our web site!

Volunteers are needed — people like you — who care about pets and their community. There are two paths available for volunteers. The Disaster Responder path trains and prepares volunteers to deploy in a disaster. The Community Volunteer path provides an avenue for volunteers with the desire to participate without deployment. It is possible to pursue both paths as a volunteer.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and have completed the CORE training requirements to be eligible for direct disaster response related assignments in the disaster area, and/or animal handling assignments outside of the disaster area, including by not limited to the temporary animal shelter.

Youth volunteers between the ages of 16-18 interested in disaster response are encouraged to complete the CORE training assignments and may be allowed to participate in non-response team activities if accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a current animal response team disaster responder volunteer. Youth volunteers are not eligible to participate in a disaster response, a disaster zone, or a temporary animal shelter and are not authorized to handle animals.

Community Volunteer PathCIMG1660

A community volunteer is active within the local community and does not respond to a disaster. This type of volunteer is important to the continued growth and development of the organization through public education, advocating for personal and pet preparedness and promoting community awareness.

Disaster Responder Volunteer Path

A disaster responder is trained, credentialed and prepared to respond in a disaster situation, when and only when contacted through the proper notification process.   Volunteers DO NOT self-deploy, but will be called out by their team leader, nor are they expected to deploy to every disaster

There are specific core requirements for ALL disaster responder volunteers. Some courses can be taken on-line, others are offered through your county or regional animal response team. Two of these courses must be renewed every two years;  Pet First Aid and Human First Aid;  and Psychological First Aid is renewable every 5 years.  The standard required responder training courses are listed below.   You can complete this training on-line OR through the weekend workshop program, Train Today Respond Tomorrow, held in several locations early each spring.  If you prefer to train with others in a convenient and welcoming classroom environment then click here to see more on Train Today Respond Tomorrow workshops near you.  If you prefer to train on-line, click here to find the links for the on-line CORE courses listed below.

  • FEMA IS 100: Intro to Incident Command System (web based)
  • FEMA IS 200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (web based)
  • FEMA IS 700:  Introduction to NIMS (web based)
  • Basic Animal First Aid (American Red Cross or equivalent course)
  • Basic Human First Aid (American Red Cross or equivalent course)
  • Psychological First Aid (web based) OR American Red Cross or equivalent course
  • New York Consoritum for Emergency Preparedness – County Animal Response Teams (web based)
  • Responder Go-Bag Contents Recommendations

Once these core requirements are met and verified, you will receive your disaster responder badge.  Badges are created by county emergency managers in conjunction with your CART leader or regional coordinator.