Training & Response

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. The 2-day KS SART annual workshop – Train Today Respond Tomorrow – provides the basic training in one weekend and includes the below courses. If you miss the annual workshop several of the courses can be taken on-line.

  • animal response orientation
  • ICS 100 and 700
  • Pet, Human, and Psychological First Aid
  • emergency pet sheltering basics (full day – Sunday, not currently available on-line)

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.