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County Animal Response Team

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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 such as natural disasters or disease outbreaks occur, they affect both human and animal populations. Therefore, it is important to include plans for animals in preparedness activities to ensure their safety before, during, and after an emergency.

In this course, you will get an overview of why it is important to plan for animals; 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.

This course is the first of several introductory courses for individuals interested in joining a CART in New York State.


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 emergency affecting animals.


New CART members or those who are interested in joining a CART, such as veterinary clinic staff, animal/dog control officers, SPCA/Humane society staff, emergency management personnel, public health professionals or any other individuals concerned with animal safety and welfare


Originally launched November 11th, 2007

Technical Requirements

This course is built to XHTML 1.1 specifications. A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages.


Estimated time for this course is 1 hour.


Free and open to the public.


This course was created by June Beckman-Moore (University at Albany School of Public Health intern) with assistance from Lindsay Benson, Public Health Education Specialist, and Cheryl Reeves, Associate Director for Instructional Development, at the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness.

Special thanks to the Empire State Animal Response Team (http://www.empiresart.com/) for helping us develop this course.


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