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Interested in volunteering for an animal emergency response team? Would you like to know more about how emergency response works? How about how animals can be affected by disasters?

NJ mapYou could join a County Animal Response Team (CART). Most counties in NJ have a CART to assist animal owners during emergencies and disasters. During evacuations, the CARTs may set up a temporary emergency animal shelter at one or more human shelters so that pet owners can keep their pets nearby. During non-emergency periods, the CARTs conduct training exercises, perform community services such as assisting during rabies clinics, and educate animal owners through public outreach activities.

CARTs are made up of volunteers and professionals including animal control officers, shelter staff, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other animal industry workers, experts, and animal lovers. Each CART is organized under that county’s Office of Emergency Management.

To learn more about joining a CART, go to:

To join a CART, contact your county’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

Click here for the list of NJ County OEM contacts:

Most CARTs require their volunteers to take certain courses. Many of these can be found at a FEMA website offering online courses: These include courses on Incident Command System (ICS), a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response and required study for any emergency response position. Among the required courses for joining a NJ County Animal Response Team (CART) is IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100. There are also courses specifically geared towards animals in disasters: IS-10.a Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness and IS-11.a Animals in Disasters: Community Planning. SomeFEMA home page of the Independent Study courses can also be applied towards college credits.


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