Volunteers are needed, people like you, who care about pets and their community.
There are two paths available for volunteers. The Disaster Responder path, trains and prepares volunteers to deploy in a disaster. The Community Volunteer path, provides an avenue for volunteers with the desire to participate without deployment. It is possible to pursue both paths as a volunteer.
Ks KCMetro ART volunteers must meet some minimum requirements in order to be ready to respond at a time of disaster. Several of these requirements can be fulfilled by completing the free, online courses listed below.
Community Volunteer Path
A Community Volunteer is active within the local community and does not respond to a disaster. This type of volunteer is important to the continued growth and development of the organization through public education, advocating for personal and pet preparedness and promoting community awareness. By completing our online application, you will be considered a Community Volunteer.
Disaster Responder Volunteer Path
A Disaster Responder is trained, credentialed and prepared to respond in a disaster situation, when and only when contacted through the proper notification process. A Disaster Responder does NOT respond to a disaster unless asked to do so. Detailed job descriptions for assigned roles in a disaster are available and include training requirements for those various roles. As a Disaster Responder volunteer, you are not expected to deploy to every disaster.
There are specific core requirements for ALL Disaster Responder volunteers. Some courses can be taken on-line, others are offered through your county or regional animal response team and, yearly, there is a weekend of training program (TTRT – Train Today Respond Tomorrow) which allows you to become credentialed in a weekend! Two of these courses must be renewed every two years; Pet First Aid and Human First Aid. The current core requirements include:
- FEMA IS:100 (Introduction to Incident Command System)
- FEMA IS:700 ( ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents)
- Pet First Aid
- Human First Aid
- Psychological First Aid
- Shelter From the Storm – Level 2
- Code of Conduct/Liability Waiver (which is part of your online Volunteer Application)
- Responder Go Bag (which is a list of items to have ready to take with you in an emergency)
Some FEMA courses with FEMA certificates may be required IF you would choose to train for a supervisory response role (ie shelter manager) within the Animal Response Coalition. IF you are considering responding with any other organization please confirm training requirements for that organization.
By clicking on the link above, you will be directed to our Volunteer Application. This application allows you to scroll through and find out about all the roles you can participate in. It also provides our Code of Conduct, which you can read through as well. If this is something that is a good fit for you, please submit your application today.