Be A Volunteer

With so many opportunities to volunteer, the Kansas State Animal Response Team is thrilled that you are visiting our web site!

Volunteers are needed — people like you — who care about pets and their community. There are two key components to every team – a preparedness component and a response component.  Volunteers are asked to help with tasks, projects and training for both components.


The Preparedness Component


A community volunteer is active within the local community and does not respond to a disaster. This type of volunteer is important to the continued growth and development of the organization through preparedness tasks and projects and educating the public on disaster preparedness that includes pets.   A Pet With A Plan Saves Lives!

Youth volunteers between the ages of 16-18 interested in disaster response are encouraged to complete the CORE training assignments and may be allowed to participate in non-response team activities if accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a current animal response team disaster responder volunteer. Youth volunteers are not eligible to participate in a disaster response, a disaster zone, or a temporary animal shelter and are not authorized to handle animals.

The Disaster Response Component

Volunteers train to respond in a disaster for the purpose of providing temporary shelter and care for pets displaced during a disaster.    Key points to consider include:

– volunteers DO NOT self-deploy
– volunteers must be at least 18 to train for/respond in a disaster

There are standard training requirements volunteers must meet before being eligible to respond in a disaster.  A list of those courses is provided below and may be taken on-line  or taken in a classroom setting offered annually across Kansas, the Train Today Respond Tomorrow Workshop.   Continuing education to maintain standard disaster responder eligibility includes renewal of  Pet First Aid and Human First Aid training every 2 years and Psychological First Aid every 5 years.

Click here to see more on Train Today Respond Tomorrow workshops

Click here to find the links for the on-line courses listed below.

  • FEMA IS 100: Intro to Incident Command System (web based)
  • FEMA IS 200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (web based)
  • FEMA IS 700:  Introduction to NIMS (web based)
  • Basic Animal First Aid (American Red Cross or equivalent course)
  • Basic Human First Aid (American Red Cross or equivalent course)
  • Psychological First Aid (web based) OR American Red Cross or equivalent course
  • New York Consoritum for Emergency Preparedness – County Animal Response Teams (web based)
  • Responder Go-Bag Contents Recommendations

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