The Role of KS SART

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The Kansas State Animal Response Team (KS SART) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the development of animal disaster preparation and response.  Started as an initiative through the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, KS SART builds and supports a unifying partnership between governmental, not-for-profit organizations, animal industry, and volunteers.  When local disaster response capacity is exhausted, KS SART assists in multi-agency disaster response coordination efforts throughout the state when activated by the Kansas Animal Health Department, Kansas Division of Emergency Management, or local Emergency Management.

KS SART is a guiding board strategically comprised of representatives from response and animal agencies to ensure a diversity of expertise guiding the development of regional animal response teams.  The KS State Animal Response Team also provides coordination and resource support in times of disaster.  The regional animal response teams are comprised of trained volunteers prepared to provide temporary shelter and care for animals displaced during a disaster.  The regional team volunteers are the response resource.

For details regional teams click here.

For details on the KS SART board of directors click here.

Partnerships Are Important

It is vital to the continuity of animal response teams in Kansas, to develop and maintain strong working relationships with other disaster response organizations. Emergency Management and Red Cross are two such key agency relationships.

Critical to the success of animal disaster response in Kansas is a unified effort by the regional teams to accept and adhere to the operating guidelines put forth by KS SART.  The collaborative efforts of the regional response teams and KS SART, are the beginning stages of developing an Animal Response Coalition in Kansas.  These guidelines are designed to create a uniformly trained and professional resource that emergency management will trust and rely on during disaster response efforts in Kansas, regardless of which regional team is called upon. Every interaction made on behalf of an animal response team, positive or negative, is reflected across the coalition.  Actions by teams and team volunteers must be made with focus on the big picture, helping the people of Kansas and their pets through natural and man made disasters.

Kansas Animal MRC

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KS SART is a unit of the Kansas Medical Reserve Corp, established in 2009 to attract veterinarians and vet techs to animal response.  Volunteers from the veterinary community respond as a part of a regional animal response team to specifically address animal medical needs following a disaster.   If you are a DVM or RVT and would like more information, please contact us.