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Operation Holiday 2016

Again this year, the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team is partnering with Inter-Faith Ministries and Skaer Veterinary Clinic to provide pet food to those in need this holiday season! Last year, we supplied over 1,500 bags of pet food and expect the need to be greater this year!   Monetary donations are being requested so that pet food can be purchased at a discounted rate, meaning we can make your donation go farther and help more pets!  Drop your monetary donation off at any one of these businesses by Wednesday, December 14:

Skaer Veterinary Clinic
Indian Hills Animal Clinics
All Paws Pet Centers
Meritrust Credit Union locations in Wichita

Thank you for helping us help pets in need this holiday season.

 

KS SART & KDEM

The State Animal Response Team Coalition of Kansas was featured in the October KDEM planning and mitigation branch newsletter, “Planning Points” under the resource highlight section.

The State Animal Response Team Coalition of Kansas is emergency management’s resource for pets in a disaster in Kansas! This trained coalition of volunteers is prepared to provide temporary shelter and care for animals displaced in a disaster. They stand ready to deploy across Kansas at the request of emergency management. The Kansas State Animal Response Team (KSSART), the umbrella agency for the Coalition, manages policy, procedures and training for the local teams and provides coordinative efforts in a disaster. The local teams (county or regional) are the deployable resource and the public education advocates of the coalition. The regional/county teams are responsible for: educating the public on animal disaster preparedness and response (often at the county level by the regional sub-group of CART volunteers) and responding in disasters, when requested by emergency management, to provide temporary shelter and care for pets displaced by a disaster.

Point of Contact:

Kelly Benton KS SART Unit Coordinator
Kansas State Animal Response Team
6505 E Central, Box 160 Wichita, KS 67206
Office: 316-200-5347
Email: administrator@kssart.org

Click here to read more of this article (page 3-4) and the full Planning Points Newletter

 

 

MOU Signed with Kansas Humane Society

April 4, 2016 – The Sedgwick County Animal Response Team signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kansas Humane Society

The Sedgwick County Animal Response Team supports the Kansas Humane Society at a ribbon cutting ceremony that celebrated the installation of a generator to keep the power on at the Kansas Humane Society during a disaster.  The two organizations took another major step together toward implementation of disaster preparedness plans for pets in the community by signing an MOU.

“It is exciting to see KHS working on disaster preparedness planning with the installation of the generator and the development of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team.  The two organizations worked together during the Oaklawn tornado, but formalizing this partnership will serve to further improve animal disaster response.”   – Jeannette Livingston, Sedgwick County Animal Response Team President

 

KHS Parnters With Animal Response in Pet Disaster Preparedness and Response

“It is exciting to see KHS working on disaster preparedness planning with the installation of the generator and the development of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team.  The two organizations worked together during the Oaklawn tornado, but formalizing this partnership will serve to further improve animal disaster response.”  – Jeannette Livingston, Sedgwick County Animal Response Team President

Read more…

 

 

2015 Ks Animal Preparedness Conference Highlights

What a great conference!  Thanks to all who participated from attendees to speakers to sponsors.  Volunteers were recognized, awards were given, preparedness tips shared, response training provided, the networking opportunities were amazing and the support was appreciated.   The Kansas State Animal Response Team was proud to have hosted this event for animal response team volunteers and the public who attended.   The partnerships forged with local, state and national organizations was invaluable.    Remember the 2016 state training event, 2016 Kansas Animal Response Exercise, will be a hands-on event combining drills and a small scale exercise at Crisis City, October 14-16, 2016!

2016 ASPCA Midwestern Resiliency Grant Awards

The Kansas State Animal Response Team is pleased to accept two grants from the ASPCA Midwestern Resiliency Grant Program again in 2016.   The first project the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has provided funding for is the 2016 Kansas Animal Response Exercise scheduled for October 2016 at Crisis City.  This will be the first state-wide animal response training exercise the Kansas State Animal Response Team has organized.  The ASPCA was a strong partner in the 2015 Animal Preparedness Conference and the idea of partnering again with them in 2016 for a response exercise is very exciting.  The ASPCA has also awarded funding to enable one Kansas State Animal Response Team representative to attend a highly recognized national animal response conference, the 2016 National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Summit in May in Texas.  This conference will offer valuable training and networking opportunities to help in the further development of animal response in Kansas.  Thank you to the ASPCA for their continued support of animal response efforts in Kansas!

Click here to read more on this ASPCA grant program and the KS SART award.

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2015 ASPCA Midwestern Resiliency Grant Awards

Several animal response teams in Kansas were awarded grant funding through the ASPCA in 2015.  These grants encourage animal disaster preparedness and response development in five midwestern states, including Kansas.  Awards in Kansas included funding for response equipment, funding to continue the state Unit Coordinator role and funding to host the annual state training conference, the 2015 Kansas Animal Preparedness Conference.    Read more…

2015 Volunteer Recognition Awards

Thanks to each and every animal response team volunteer for your dedication and passion in preparing for disaster response and educating the public on disaster preparedness.  The following volunteers were recognized for going above and beyond by attending special training and exercise opportunities provided by, or sponsored by the Kansas State Animal Response Team.

Award Recipients

Highest Volunteer Training Classes - Shelly Marbut (left) Top Volunteer Service Hours - Janell Jessup (right)
Volunteer Training Award – Shelly Marbut (left) and Volunteer Service Award – Janell Jessup (right)

 

ICS 300/400 (commitment to excellence – above and beyond training award) recipients:  Chris Barth, Kelly Benton. Jennifer Burns, Debra Duncan, Larry Ernsting, Sam Graham, Mark Grinstead, Midge Grinstead, Tom Griswold, Susie Hill, Jan Hinshaw, Carolyn Jergenson, Janell Jessup, DeAnn Konkel, Matt Kuestersteffen, Carla Longacre, Charles Loper, Janet McCloud, Christy Million, Sherry Oswald, Paula Schrieber, Carolyn Shultz, Carmen Simon, Kent Thomas, Glenna Walker

 

Operation “PUP” Tent (teamwork star – above and beyond training award) recipients:Rebecca Arheart, Chris Barth, Kelly Benton, Jennifer Burns, Sheryl Gallagher, Ron Gallagher, Paul Grosdidier, Catherine Janzen, Janell Jessup, Matt Kuestersteffen, Carla Longacre, Shelly Marbut, Stephanie McCall, Christy Million, Mary Prewitt, Sherri Rider, Beth Rowlands, Micki Schomaker, Carolyn Shultz, Carman Simon, Ingrid Trevino-Garrison
Slack Water Training (teamwork star – above and beyond training award) recipients:Chris Barth, Jennifer Burns, Angela Cornelison, Janell Jessup, Matt Kuestersteffen, Carla Longacre, Stephanie McCall, Sherry Oswald, Micki Schomaker, Carolyn Shultz, Kent Thomas