Great Expectations in 2018

From the KS SART President – Mary Prewitt
Wow and thank you for an amazing 2017.  I look forward to what we can accomplish together this next year and am honored to stay on as president.  I would like introduce Dr Ingrid Garrison as the new vice-president.  This year the state will focus every effort and resource on supporting the continued development of regional teams.  The regional leadership groups met together in October last year and are also committed to the regional team model.  Now we ask for the same commitment from all of YOU our volunteers.  Please reach out to work with your neighbors and think bigger than the boundaries of your own counties.  This is the year to commit to your regional team.  No longer a concept, regional teams are the model for animal disaster preparation efforts and response, and will allow us to focus solely on strengthening capabilities.


What YOU can expect from Kansas Animal Response in 2018:

  • Improved communication (within the coalition and with response partners)
  • Clarification on options to volunteer (preparedness and response)
  • Improved organizational understanding (within the coalition and with response partners)
  • Additional and updated training options
  • Requests to get involved in preparedness tasks
  • Requests to complete advanced responder training
  • Requests to provide feedback and ideas
  • Focused efforts to strengthen the Kansas coalition (regional teams)
  • Focused efforts to develop a multi-state coalition

State Board Commitment – resources for regional teams
As a state board,  KS SART supports regional team development.  It’s the next evolution and necessary to maximize resources.  KS SART will provide every resource available for continued regional team development such as; state networking, management tools, funding and fund raising efforts, training programs, and contractor support.

  • Develop tool kits/templates intended to provide a starting point for the regional leadership groups, who can determine how to customize and implement for the good of the regional teams.
    1. Training standards (expanded)
    2. Communications (internal and external)
    3. Shelter Team (potential EMAC resourcing)
    4. Equipment standards
    5. Volunteer job descriptions (preparedness and response)
    6. Volunteer management standards
    7. Regional leadership (coming very soon)
    8. Regional 501-C3
  • Set team standards for coalition membership in Kansas
  • Explore the possibility of a multi-state animal response coalition
  • State training schedule
    1. 2018 support regional focused training (TTRT)
    2. 2019 state conference
    3. 2020 state exercise
  • Implement an annual state objectives announcement process

Regional Leadership Commitment – supporting the regional teams 

  • Clarify/adopt a regional team mission statement
    • Example:  The Regional Animal Response Team of South Central Kansas (ARTSCK) is dedicated to building a team of trained and credentialed volunteers who can respond to the needs of pets during a disaster, and providing education on pet disaster preparedness.
  • Improve volunteer communications
  • Offer clarification and guidance on volunteer opportunities
  • Improve upon training opportunities

Volunteer Commitment – Be As Active As You Can Be!

  • Ensure the preparedness component continues to develop
    • get involved in preparedness projects
    • participate in public education activities
    • fill a regional leadership role
    • help recruit new volunteers
    • attend team meetings to stay connected and share your ideas
  • Find the disaster response role that fits YOU
    • attend Train Today Respond Tomorrow to become a standard responder
    • complete continuing education requirements to  maintain your eligibility to respond
    • take advanced training for a specialized responder role

Annual Volunteer and Leadership Survey Results
List of key annual objectives and potential supporting projects (coming soon)

Reach out to your regional leadership team with questions and to find out how you can get involved.  Projects may vary from team to team based on resources.

Preparation is necessary for a successful response!  Please get involved in non-disaster projects and activities.  Your team needs YOU!