Regional Animal Response Teams
Teams are organized into regions using the Homeland Security map . Each team is comprised of two components, – a preparedness component and a response component. Currently teams are active in the South west, South Central, South East, North East and KC Metro regions. If you are interested in training to volunteer for animal response and you live in the north west region, please complete a south west volunteer application OR if you live in the north central region, please complete a south central or north east application. This will allow you to join the animal response coalition. The goal is to help develop teams in both the north west and north central regions in the future.
The Preparedness Component of a Team
This component of the team’s work is key to ensuring Kansans and the animal response team are prepared. Without preparations, successful response is a nearly impossible feat. Preparation projects and tasks are focus on:
- Recruiting, training and supporting team volunteers
- Networking and communicating with response partners putting agreements and response plans in place
- Reviewing and maintaining standard operating guidelines that support successful response efforts
- Maintaining equipment and supplies inventories
- Educating the public
- and more!
The Response Component of a Team
This is where the rubber meets the road and teams of trained volunteers will respond in a disaster to provide temporary shelter and care for pets displaced in a disaster. This is a powerful statement and the reason volunteers get involved, to make a difference in a disaster. This statement is also made powerful by key words that must be understood to help set expectations for animal response team volunteers.
- Trained volunteers – volunteers who would like to respond MUST follow training protocols
- Trained volunteers DO NOT SELF DEPLOY
- Trained volunteers provide temporary SHELTER and CARE for PETS displaced in a disaster
- Trained volunteers NEED to participate and support preparedness tasks, projects and activities (the other component of the team)
Volunteers are the key to animal response and every volunteer makes a difference! Animal response volunteers train for disaster response and respond in disaster situations. They also get involved in preparedness projects and tasks. Do you have skills in marketing or social media? Do you enjoy developing plans or documenting procedures? Are you a check-list minded person? If visiting with people is your strength then educating the community on disaster preparedness, hosting a booth at a local community event or even providing orientations to new volunteers might be of interest to you. Share your individual skills and strengths to find the role that enables you to make a difference for people and their pets in preparing for and transitioning through disasters. Pets With A Plan Save Lives!