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Pets With A Plan Can Save Lives

The Kansas State Animal Response Team encourages people with pets to get prepared for

Spring: to grow; to arise from; to be resilient; and in Kansas also defined as storm season.  What you should know about pets, disasters and the Kansas State Animal Response Team (KS SART)!

Growing animal response, the previous Kansas Animal Response Team and regional animal response teams; KC Metro, North East, South Central, South East, and South West have come together as a single, cohesive state team.  “The old saying, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”applies here.  Bringing these amazing teams together as one is promising, exciting and necessary to sustain animal response for Kansas” said Ingrid Garrison, DVM, MPH and president of the reorganized Kansas State Animal Response Team.

Arising from disaster experience, the federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS) was passed in 2006.  This is important to you and your pets because it requires emergency management at the local and state level to address needs for you, your pets and service animals during a major disaster or emergency.  The Kansas State Animal Response Team works with emergency management to advocate for pets through the disaster planning process and responds to assist pets during major disasters.

When seasonal storms produce a major disaster, the Kansas State Animal Response Team responds to provide pets comfort and safety in a pet emergency shelter, while their families seek the same in a human emergency shelter.  The pet emergency shelter is staffed and operated by trained KS SART volunteers. The availability of a temporary pet shelter during a disaster increases the likelihood that pet owners will evacuate to safety when requested or required. 

Spring into action, make a plan for yourself and your pet.  Encourage friends, family and neighbors to do the same.  Find help planning for your pet at My Pet Project: PETS Evacuate Too!  Pets with a plan can save lives! 

The Kansas State Animal Response Team is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. This team accomplishes it’s work through dedicated volunteers, support from other disaster management and response organizations, grants, corporate sponsorships and donations from caring individuals.  To make a difference for pets in disasters go to www.kssart.org.

Co-Located Sheltering in Manhattan

Shelter Opens for Pets and People in Manhattan Kansas

The North East Animal Response Team and the Red Cross partnered to shelter pets and their families in one co-located shelter in Manhattan, Kansas during flooding this September.

Mary Prewitt with the Kansas State Animal Response team said this decision was long overdue.

“People will cross police lines. They will put themselves at risk and go back to rescue their pets if you don’t provide for pets at the same time you evacuate the people,” she explained.

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Animal Response Recognized by APPsheet

Appsheet for Animal Response

Animal in-take and reunion are key pieces of the disaster animal sheltering process.  If you don’t track the animals, providing proper care and eventually returning them to their owners is impossible!  Paper has been the standard until Appsheet.  First implemented and tested during the September 2017 Project Care Exercise and improved upon during the March 2018 exercise, the Appsheet tool used by animal response was developed by the team’s volunteers.  Appsheet has been great to work with and offered an extremely discounted rate for the subscription.    Read more from Appsheet here…

Hurricane Harvey Update

Photo- Doug Gross (Patch Staff)
Updated August 29, 2017 11:51 am 

Update 08/30/2017

KS SART is closely watching the animal response situation in Texas following Hurricane Harvey and is ready to offer assistance IF REQUESTED!    Of utmost importance is that NO ONE SELF-DEPLOY!

The nature of disasters is “hurry up and wait”.  Texas is skilled at dealing with disasters and has a robust animal disaster response capability. So far, they have handled pet issues locally and have reached out where necessary for assistance with transport and supply deliveries.  Pet Friendly shelters have been opened and neighbors are helping neighbors.  We are not surprised that they have not called for general outside support yet.  Response must be safe for humans and animals, responders and victims.

Again please DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY!  Disaster response is a huge challenge and adding unorganized, albeit with good intentions, untrained and unaffiliated responders is NOT acceptable or helpful!

You can make a difference through online donations too. Our recommendations of organizations currently assisting with Hurricane Harvey include:

www.eerular.org
www.aspca.org
www.code3associates.org
www.ifaw.org

There isn’t a rescue group in the country who can help everyone.  We must be prepared to take care of our families and our neighbors first.  

Make a plan for your family.  

Keeping the storm victims in Texas, and now Louisiana in our hearts and prayers.

Hurricane Harvey

Photo: Tiele Dockens

Trained Kansas Animal Response volunteers have been notified and given the opportunity to respond under one of our national animal response partners as animal sheltering volunteers.  Some Kansas animal response volunteers are also involved in the hurricane response through remote liaison and resource coordination efforts to support a partner response agency out of Kansas City.

Thank you to those in communities across Kansas who have asked how you can help the animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.   The best way to assist is by funding a legitimate animal response organization that is involved and donate money so that supplies can be purchased to help shelter and care for the displaced animals.  Be sure you know the organization you are donating to as sadly, scammers will take advantage of this situation.

If this disaster has inspired you to get involved then please take time to first sign up to be a volunteer for the Kansas Animal Response Coalition; and second, to take the required response training to become a certified animal responder.   Click here to learn more about how to sign up and where to go for training.

Shelter From The Storm – Pilot Workshop

Shelter From The Storm – Pilot Workshop

Thanks to the Florida State Animal Response Coalition for bringing their shelter awareness course to Kansas, the Kansas Humane Society for sharing their amazing facility and to the Red Cross for assisting with funding to make this training possible!  What a great addition to the training program for animal response team volunteers in Kansas and thanks to the first 39 volunteers who traveled in from all over the state to participate.  These amazing volunteers represented the KC Metro, North East, South East, South West and South Central regions!  In July the train-the-trainer version of the sheltering course will be conducted and 23 of these amazing volunteers are returning to become instructors for this workshop.  This means the workshop can be made available annually at the regional level!  Beginning in 2017 level 2 -Shelter From The Storm workshop will be added to the training curriculum, which began with level 1 – Train Today Respond Tomorrow, for animal response volunteers.  A third level, Operation Animal Response, is being planned for late 2017-early 2018 again collaborating with the Florida State Animal Response Coalition.

Shelter From The Storm: Train-The-Trainer

A huge thanks goes to the Florida State Animal Response Coalition for conducting a train-the-trainer workshop in Kansas.  “Shelter From The Storm” will be added as the second level to the Kansas animal response training program.    For a train-the-trainer workshop you need volunteers and a big thanks goes to the 20 animal response team volunteers who accepted the challenge to become Kansas trainers.  Made possible through the generous funding support of the Red Cross and held at the beautiful Kansas Humane Society facility, this project is a shinning example of how non-profit organizations can pull together for the greater good!

Meet the new Kansas trainers:

Kelly Benton
Dayna Boso
Amber Bowlby
Jennifer Burns
Stacy Cleaves
Stephanie Grandon
Jesica Harvey
Carolyn Jergenson
Henry Kevern
Carla Lewis
Carla Longacre
Peggy Oertwig
Sherry Oswald
Sue Parks
Mary Prewitt
Beth Rowlands
Paula Schreiber
Dana Steffee
Laura Stein
Kent Thomas

VIP Professional: Kansas State Animal Response Team

With tragedies, sometimes there are silver linings. When an EF-5 tornado hit Greensburg 10 years ago, a large number of animals were displaced when 95 percent of the Kansas town was destroyed. Sadly, not many of the pets were reunited with their owners.   That disaster brought to fruition, however, an idea that had been considered by several Kansas veterinarians a few years before: a statewide animal response team, or what Wichita vet Dr. Christen Skaer calls a “doggie and cat Red Cross,” to respond to catastrophic events that impact humans and their pets.

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