In a first of its kind training exercise, three groups will be combining training efforts to practice serving human as well as animal disaster victims.
South Central Kansas Regional County Animal Response Teams (CART), K-9 Search & Rescue and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) will join forces in Augusta on Saturday to hone their skills in responding to a simulated major disaster where humans and their pets are in need of help.
Over the years emergency managers have identified the difficulty in dealing with the pets from a disaster as a shortfall to overall disaster response capabilities. In Kansas a growing number of CART groups operating under the direction of the Kansas State Animal Response Team have come together to provide volunteers and equipment to respond to the needs of pets in a disaster situation. Groups from Sedgwick, Harvey, Butler, Cowley, Reno, Kingman, Pratt and possibly others will gather to practice their skills.
The CERT volunteer groups will be practicing everything from search and rescue to setting up a volunteer reception center complete with issuing temporary disaster IDs for scene security. They will practice mass casualty response and communications with area hospitals to coordinate casualty management. Butler County 4-H Youth Director Charlene Miller and her group will be providing a variety of animals from dogs to pet chickens for the response group to work with in the exercise.
In addition, several K-9 Search and Rescue teams will be present to practice victim search and rescue in areas within the simulated disaster site.
These groups are all volunteers who are joining forces to practice helping everyone affected by a disaster both human and animal. Butler County EMS is proud to host this event and hope it will be a significant training tool for those who will respond when the next disaster strikes. For more details contact Butler County EMA at the previous number or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org