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.