County Animal Response Team

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Course Description
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.
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Target Audience
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
Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. List 3 reasons why it is important to plan for animals in the event of an emergency.
2. Identify 4 types of disasters that can affect animals.
3. Describe the objectives of the SART and CART programs.
4. Explain how SARTs and CARTs would be used in a variety of emergencies affecting animals (including roles and responsibilities).
5. Describe the Incident Command System and how it is used in an emergency affecting animals.
Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)
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Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
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Online/ Self-study
Credit /CEU
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1 hour
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Course Publication Date
November 11, 2007