The Role of KS SART
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 all teams, county and regional, to accept and adhere to the operating guidelines put forth by KS SART. From the teams comprising the animal response team coalition of Kansas to each individual volunteer, this is a promise that must be made. 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 team is called upon. Every interaction made on behalf of an animal response team, positive or negative, is reflected across all teams in Kansas. Actions by teams and team volunteers must be made with the focus of the big picture, helping the people of Kansas and their pets through natural and man made disasters.
KS SART has been instrumental in developing the Kansas Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp (KVMRC). The KVMRC is a response group of veterinarians and veterinary technicians only, who train together to respond to animal medical needs following disaster. If you would like more information on the KVMRC, please contact us.