Training & Response



March 2023 Update

KSART is currently working with KDEM, the Kansas Department of Emergency Management, on developing some exciting and important training opportunities. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!
If you have specific training suggestions, please email them to

Basic Training

ALL volunteers are required to complete basic training within their first year of volunteer with the team.

  1. Basic pet sheltering:

This 4-hour course offers awareness-level training for basic pet sheltering operations. (It is free, but you’ll have to register as a guest to take it. Be sure to follow the rules they give about saving your progress!) 

 2. Incident Command System IS-100c:

 All KSART emergency response activities operate according to the Incident Command System. It’s important for you to have a basic understanding of how it works.

 3. National Incident Management System IS-700b:

This course will help you understand how non-governmental organizations like KSART fit into the overall emergency response framework. 

 4. Pet first aid:

It’s not uncommon in a disaster scenario to find pets with a wide range of injuries. Having a basic understanding of pet first aid will help you help our fur friends who need it the most.

 5. Psychological first aid:

Disasters are stressful. It’s important to have a basic understanding of how to take care of the psychological needs of those affected by a disaster, as well as your own mental health. 

 6. Human first aid & CPR

As these skills require hands-on training, there is currently no viable no-cost online option. Volunteers will need to find and register for a local course. Don’t let this requirement stand in your way!   

Upon completion of the basic training, volunteers are active and may begin participating in activities and serving on committees.  There are several levels of involvement to enable volunteers to find the right fit.   Additional training and time commitments vary depending on the level chosen. Contact for information on advanced requirements, or with any training questions you may have. 

Advanced Training

Additional training beyond the basic training is done to prepare interested volunteers for leadership roles. The additional courses required varies by role.

CLICK HERE to see the advanced training requirements based on the leadership role for which you are interested. Reach out to the Logistics Section Lead for assistance or questions about advanced training.


Response is a coordinated effort, accomplished through partnerships with emergency management and other response agencies. Volunteers DO NOT self-deploy! If the team is asked to respond, the Kansas State Animal Response Team duty officer/team lead will notify volunteers directly via text with a followup email. The duty officer is filled by a board member on a monthly on-call rotation schedule.

Communications is key to a safe and successful response. All volunteers are responsible for following these basic communications protocols:

  1. SET your emergency communications preferences OR CLICK HERE for instructions on HOW to do so
  2. Be ready to deploy CLICK HERE for deployment tips
  3. During a response ALWAYS communicate with YOUR ASSIGNED LEAD! (example: volunteers working at in-take should communicate with the in-take manager)

Deployment History and Lessons Learned

Elwood Flooding Response – March 16-24, 2019

Volunteers helping people through animal disaster education, planning, and response.