County Animal Response Team


Companion animals such as dogs and cats are considered part of the family in many homes. In addition, livestock play an important role in our economy. When emergencies occur, they affect both human and animal populations. Therefore, it is important to include plans for animals in preparedness activities. In this course you will get an overview of why it is important to plan for animls, the types of disasters that affect animals; the purpose and roles of State Animal Response Teams (SARTs) and County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) in preparing, planning and responding to emergencies affecting animals; and how these teams use the Incident Command System to coordinate response.

After completing this course you will be able to:
List 3 reasons why it is important to plan for animals in the event of an emergency.
Identify 4 types of disasters that can affect animals.
Describe the objectives of the SART and CART programs.
Explain how SARTs and CARTs would be used in a variety of emergencies affecting animals (including roles and responsibilities)
Describe the Incident Command System and how it is used in an an emergency affecting animals.