Kansas Animal Preparedness & Response Newsletter
Jan/Feb 2016                   
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  In Appreciation
  Project Updates
  Tips, Tools, & Ideas
  Stories Worth Sharing
Building teams of trained volunteers dedicated to providing temporary shelter and care for pets displaced during a disaster

In Appreciation


Changes to the Kansas State Animal Response Team Board of Directors

Thank you Dr. Jan Hinshaw for serving as president of KS SART in 2014-2015.  Jan will continue on the board as the past president (photo left).  Mary Prewitt is the new KS SART president for 2016-2017 and has served as vice president for the last two years (photo right).  George Sears has accepted the role of vice president for 2016-2017.  Thank you Mary and George.  Expiring board terms as of December 31, 2015 included Dr. Sue Nelson, Dr. Paul Grosdidier, Bryan Saindon, and Brad Miller.  Thank you for your years of service and dedication to the board!   As of January 1, 2016 please welcome new board members Dicie Nicklaus, Jeaneen Holt, and Dr. Neala Boyer.  Click here to get acquainted with your Kansas State Animal Response Team board of directors.



Volunteer Recognition Award Recipients for 2015

At the 2015 Kansas Animal Preparedness Conference a new tradition began, to thank volunteers who go above and beyond in training and service hours.  Several volunteers were recognized in the categories of;  Volunteer Training, Volunteer Service, Christen Skaer Leadership Award and Training Above and Beyond.  Click here for details on the categories and a full list of award recipients. 

Janell Jessup (below right) was presented with the Christen Skaer Leadership Award and the Volunteer Service Award with over 780 volunteer service hours in 2015.  Shelly Marbut (below left) recipient of the Volunteer Training Award completed 12 training courses in 2015.  Four additional volunteers were recognized for their commitment to training, each completing 10 training courses in 2015:  Jennifer Burns, Janell Jessup, Chris Barth and Kent Thomas.



Recap of 2015 Ks Animal Preparedness Conference

The annual KS SART sponsored training conference, the 2015 Kansas Animal Preparedness Conference was held in Wichita on October 16-17, 2015.  Thank you to all who participated including attendees, presenters, exhibitors and supporting organizations.   Constructive feedback was provided by attendees and presenters.  Click here to see more on that feedback and enjoy photos of the event.  

Thank you to our sponsors who made this conference possible:


SAVE-THE-DATE:  2016 Kansas Animal Response Exercise

Mark your calendar for October 14-16, 2016 and don't miss out on the first state wide hands on exercise to be held at Crisis City!  The goal is to train and prepare for animal disaster response.  Read more...

Thanks to sponsors already supporting this exercise with grant funding:


Project Updates

The KS SART board is conducting their annual strategic planning meeting in January where a list of state projects for 2016 will be presented, discussed and approved.  Projects under consideration include:
  • 2016 Kansas Animal Response Exercise (ASPCA grant funding has been awarded, a steering committee is being developed)
  • NASAAEP conference attendance (Red Cross funding for representatives from KS SART and state animal response teams in Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma) (an ASPCA grant will also help cover KS SART attendance expenses)
  • Petpoint - a web based animal tracking system for temporary sheltering of animals in a disaster (for use by all animal response teams in Kansas)
  • MOUs - memorandums of understanding with KDEM, ASPCA and Code 3 are under development and other agreements will be pursued
  • Badging and credentialing at the state level - KS SART working with KDEM and local emergency managers

Tips, Tools, & Ideas

Are you ready if your family needs to evacuate?  Are you ready if you need to deploy as an animal response team volunteer?   Have you attended a storm spotter meeting?  
  • You can learn about severe weather and share pet preparedness information!
  • Check for storm spotter meetings in your area and reach out to see if your team can distribute My PET Project brochures!  Every region should have a supply of My PET Project preparedness brochures.

Stories Worth Sharing

This story helps to highlight some of the many reasons animal preparedness and response is important.  A homeless man and his dog needed rescuing during the December floods, when they were caught off guard in the park where they were living.  Click the link below to see the amazing rescue and hear their story.

Rescue Video

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