Interested in helping animals when disaster strikes?
The time before disaster strikes is when help really begins. The following outlines how:
- Help starts at home
Prepare yourself first before you help others.
- Make a disaster “go kit” for yourself, for your family, and for your animals. Only when you have taken care of them can you dedicate yourself to helping other the animals.
- Check out the information in our Plain Talk on Pets and Plain Talk on Livestock brochures for animal disaster preparedness measures.
- If you are a veterinarian in a practice, don’t forget to prepare your business for disasters. Consult this link for recommendations: www.nj.gov/agriculture/pdf/VeterinaryHospitalschklst.pdf
- Consult other links for preparedness measures for you and your family: www.state.nj.us/njoem/index.html.
- Join a County Animal Response Team (CART)
Just like other first responder groups, your county’s CART needs volunteers like you to learn and train together, to be ready to respond if a disaster occurs.
What is a CART?
A CART is a group of volunteers and other entities, such as government agencies and the private sector, with resources and personnel to respond to animal issues in disasters. The CART is organized under each County Office of Emergency Management and is based on the principles for the Incident Command System developed by FEMA. The CART plans, collaborates, and trains with other responder entities to provide a coordinated disaster response.
How to join?
Your county is looking for individuals to become CART volunteers. If you are willing to take on preparedness activities, to learn, train and exercise so that in the event of a disaster a professional team of individuals can respond and properly take care of the animals, please contact the person in your county. Click here for the list of county contacts.
Thank you in advance for getting involved with your CART and helping animals in disasters!
Yes, being a trained CART member will allow you to respond as a recognized responder and it is needed for liability and safety reasons. In addition, it is necessary for everyone’s accountability, with those managing the incident.
To get a jump on the training, take the following course on-line:
The following FEMA online courses are the minimum courses for CART members. Members that will perform leadership roles will need to take additional courses. The online FEMA courses can be found at: (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/crslist.asp).
IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System I-100 (Required for all first responders)
IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction (Required for all first responders)
IS-10 Animals in Disaster - Module A: Awareness and Preparedness
IS-11 Animals in Disaster - Module B: Community Planning
- Talk it up
How you can spread the word, one client at a time.
If you are in the animal business (Veterinarian, pet groomer, stable/kennel owner, animal health/vet technician, pet sitter, pet store owner/employee, etc.) take a few moments to talk to your clients about how they can prepare their animals for a disaster.
Utilize the information in these brochures Plain Talk on Pets and Plain Talk on Livestock, along with other sources, to educate your clients/customers on preparing and protecting their animals now, so they are ready if a disaster strikes. Or print out the brochures and leave them in your waiting areas or where your clients congregate.
Keeping your clients safe and prepared will help ensure that you have your clients after the disaster.
- Help support your CART
Contact your CART to donate needed supplies and other resources.