Any Animal, Any Disaster, Anywhere
The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART) was created through a private-public partnership to serve as a unifying network of organizations, businesses, federal, state, county, and local government agencies and individuals that support the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for emergencies affecting animals. Because disaster response needs to happen at a local level, PASART builds County Animal Response Teams (CARTs) across the state. County coordinators are selected to lead the development of county teams consisting of volunteers who will respond to emergencies at the local level.
Goals of PASART
- To facilitate a rapid, coordinated, and effective response to any emergency affecting animals;
- To decrease the health and safety threat to humans and animals;
- To minimize the economic impact of emergencies affecting animals; and
- To prevent or decrease the spread of disease during emergencies affecting animals.
How You Can Help
- Volunteer! Visit www.pasart.us to find out how to become a PASART volunteer. People with all types of skills, expertise, and resources are needed. The PASART website also includes a calendar of events for free training opportunities so when a disaster strikes, you are trained and ready to go.
- Donate! Preparing for a disaster and responding to one is expensive and requires a lot of resources and equipment. Plus, PASART helps all domestic animals. This requires us PASART to be ready for any kind of disaster event and depending on the animals involved; it may even require special equipment. Contribute financially to support PASART’s training and response efforts.
- Prepare! Create disaster preparedness kits and emergency plans for your family, pets and other animals. The time to prepare your home, business, or farm for an emergency is before the emergency occurs.
Tips for Protecting Your Animals in a Disaster
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!
- Keep a “Pet Emergency Kit” ready. The kit should include a few days worth of medication, your pet’s medical and vaccination records, a leash, collar, identification, water, food, toys, and bedding.
- Make sure that your animals have some form of permanent identification such as a microchip, brand, tattoo, etc.
- Purchase a pet carrier and label it with emergency contact information.
- Store water and feed for emergencies.
- Create a contingency play for animals including horses, livestock, etc., in an emergency situation that addressed transportation, water and feed resources, and areas for confinement if needed.
Need More Information?
Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team
2605 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9364
Phone: 717-651-2736 or 717-651-2187
Websites: www.pasart.us and www.readypa.org