Kansas Animal Preparedness & Response Newsletter
July/September Issue - 2015                     
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- Conference Update
- Operation PUP Tent Exercise Update
- SWR Training Update
- NEW Photo Gallery

Building teams of trained volunteers dedicated to providing temporary shelter and care for pets displaced during a disaster

This year the conference has gone national!  Here are a few of the people and organizations coming to Wichita to bring awareness to the pet disaster preparedness and response efforts going on in Kansas!
We are pleased to announce that Tim Rickey, Vice-President of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team (FIR) has agreed to share his insight and wisdom to kick this conference off with a bang and get our adrenaline pumping!  Sára Varsa Director, Rescue and Response of the HSUS Animal Cruelty Rescue and Response Team will wrap up the conference with her observations and experiences that are certain to inspire each of us to go out make a difference for pets and people!  In between all of that is a promise for valuable information, interaction and experience sharing to make your head spin and your heart pound.  Of course one of animal response volunteers' favorites and an incredible supporter of the animal response team network in Kansas, Eric Thompson of Code 3 Associates and Emergency Equine Response Unit (EERU) will be sharing his knowledge and humor!  

Many other disaster response agencies and animal groups will explain their roles in disaster preparedness and response, sharing tips and experiences.  
WATCH YOUR IN-BOX  for regular updates starting early August, the first of which will be how to get registered!  There will even be an opportunity to sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour at the Sedgwick County Zoo!  So don't miss out because this will be the year everyone is talking about!

Operation PUP Tent at 
Crisis City

Saturday, June 25, 2015 the temperature is hot, but that does not stop a small army of animal response team volunteers.  They are on a mission, "Operation PUP Tent".  In 2012 KS SART acquired, through an AVMF grant, three 20'x20' full-sided tents, lighting, a generator and a utility trailer for easy deployment of these state assets.  Click here to see some great pictures and learn more about this beneficial training activity.  Thanks to Ingrid Trevino-Garrison for leading the training session, she is a KS SART BoD member.  Thanks to Mary Prewitt, KS SART vice-president and Paul Grosdidier, another KS SART BoD member for joining in the fun!  Thanks to Randy Frank, Marion County Director of Emergency Manager for some great pictures.

Slack Water Rescue Training at El Dorado Lake

Another weekend and more training, Friday/Saturday, May 29-30, 2015!  This time the weather is cool or perhaps nippy, windy and cloudy of course because this army of animal response team volunteers were planning to swim and boat in El Dorado lake!  Dr. Dick Green of the ASPCA and Eric Thompson of Code 3 Associates/EERU spent two days sharing their expertise in slack water rescue training.  Of course, the lake was out of it's banks from excessive rains and the wind was tossing white caps across the surface, so calling this "slack water" might have been a stretch, but the volunteers donned their personal water safety equipment and took to the boats to learn water rescue techniques for humans and animals.  To see more pictures click here.

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words 

NEW to the KS SART website is a photo gallery feature, under the News & Activities tab.  If your team has pictures from an event, activity or training session you wish to share please contact Kelly Benton and let's highlight your team's progress!  Click here to see the current galleries posted.
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