Animal Preparedness & Response Newsletter
May/June 2016

Tools For Teams


Two new education pieces have been developed and supplies will be made available to the regional teams soon!  Take a sneak peak -  Animal Response Teams in Kansas and  Animal Sheltering Partnerships!  If you have any questions please contact the Unit Coordinator at administrator@kssart.org.  Supplies will be available in June.

Frustrated when you walk out of a meeting and do not feel like anything was accomplished?  Try this quick checklist to help plan your next meeting or here are a few tips on taking meeting minutes.

Working on a project or managing several activities?  Here is an easy tool you can use to manage all your "to-dos" and it will even interact with your smart phone!  Check out Toodeldo.  There are several subscription levels including one that is FREE!

2016 Kansas Animal Response Exercise


The planning phase continues for the first state animal response exercise to be held in October at Crisis City.  Serious consideration is being given to provide volunteers with the best training experience possible from the aspect of developing skills and partnerships while also exposing volunteers to the process of following FEMA exercise guidelines as defined by HSEEP.  The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.  Why not start your training experience now and learn more about HSEEP basics?

Sharing Opportunities

 
  1. Calendars are available for every region to post training sessions, meetings, events, etc.  Ask someone to keep your team calendar up to date.  One 10 minute training session over the phone with the Unit Coordinator and you will be ready to go. Check out the SC Regional Calendar as an example.
  2. Send an email to administrator@kssart.org with details on upcoming activities so an event can be created and invitations sent out from the Ks State Animal Response Team (KS SART) facebook page.  Sharing from the KS SART facebook page can increase your team's reach to volunteers and interested parties in surrounding areas.   
  3. If you haven't been to www.kssart.org lately, check out the new options for staying in touch and providing more visibility for the animal response team coalition in Kansas.  Sign up and follow Kansas Animal Response on twitter, instagram, pinterest and more, then retweet, repin and reshare to all of your contacts!  

State Project Updates


Lately I have been wondering, what should I be doing to help the Kansas animal response teams?  What is the most important role of the Unit Coordinator?  Should we all get back to basics?  What are the basics?  Please help determine the next steps for improving the Animal Response Team coalition of Kansas by taking a few minutes to complete the survey below.   Volunteers please click on the volunteer survey button.  If you are not a volunteer but would like to offer your observations, ask questions or make a suggestion please email the Unit Coordinator at administrator@kssart.org.

Remembering Why We Volunteer


Here is a great video about the animal response efforts in Kansas in case you have not seen it or in case you need a reminder about how important your being an animal response team volunteer is to Kansans.  This is posted on the Kansas State Animal Response Team website in the event you want to share this with others!
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