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Animal Emergency Preparedness
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County Offices of Emergency Management
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) is the state agency responsible for animals in disasters. As the lead for the New Jersey Emergency Support Function #11- Agriculture (NJESF#11), NJDA coordinates animal information and resources during disasters.
NJDA also has the responsibility to develop statewide plans and procedures regarding animals and meet with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that animals are incorporated into disaster planning and response and ensures that those efforts are collaborated. NJDA also provides preparedness guidance to the County Animal Response Teams (CARTs).
The state has embraced the national SART (State Animal Response Team) model for animal disaster response, which utilizes CARTs for the initial county response. The CART, which involves a wide variety of people interested in helping animals in disasters, is under the auspices of the County Offices of Emergency Management. It is the goal to have a CART in every county, trained and ready to respond. The CART also will work with the County Office of Emergency Management on animal planning and preparedness. To join a CART, see the information below.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is in the process of forming a State Animal Response Team (SART). If additional help is needed in disasters, the SART will be activated by the State Office of Emergency Management and directed by the NJDA-Division of Animal Health where to respond.
Previously to adopting the CART/SART model New Jersey established a statewide Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG). AEWG, which operates under the auspices of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health, has now become the organizational and planning component of animals in disasters.
If you have any questions, contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at 609-671-6400.