All volunteers must complete basic disaster animal response training. The basic training is offered annually through a weekend workshop, Train Today Respond Tomorrow. Upon completion of the basic training, volunteers are active and may begin participating in activities and serving on committees. There are several levels of involvement to enable volunteers to find the right fit. Additional training and time commitments vary depending on the level chosen.
Please note that volunteers that youth volunteers between the ages of 16-18 interested in disaster response are welcome and after completing basic training may participate in non-response team activities if accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also an animal response team volunteer. Youth volunteers are not eligible to participate in a disaster response, a disaster zone, or emergency animal shelter and are not authorized to handle animals.
Request an animal response team presentation for your next organization, club or business meeting. Or request a presentation for a school or scout group, an informational booth for a community or company event, or a preparedness session at your next conference. The team welcomes the opportunity provide information on animal disaster planning and response in Kansas and the importance of personal disaster preparedness for you, your family and your pets. Contact the Unit Coordinator to schedule a presentation.
Become a Corporate Sponsor
There are many opportunities for companies and even individuals to sponsor the Kansas State Animal Response Team. From hosting keynote speakers at the annual Kansas Preparedness Conference to sponsoring specialized training sessions to funding the purchase of response equipment or helping with annual operating costs.
These activities are not without costs to the organization and many times the cost is incurred personally by the volunteer. Thank you for considering our organization in your annual donation budget. For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact the Unit Coordinator.
Become A Disaster Partner
The purpose of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to define a working relationship between the Kansas State Animal Response Team and a business partner or affiliate organization during a disaster.
If your company is interested and able to offer pet related services and supplies, or offer funding to obtain pet related services and supplies during a disaster, please contact the Unit Coordinator at email@example.com for more details. A very unique opportunity and critical need during a disaster is the donation of housing space that can be used for a temporary animal shelter.
If your organization is an affiliated disaster response organization and you would like to offer support please contact the Unit Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.