Community Animal Response Team (CART): CART provides professional preparedness response and recovery, resources and community education to ensure the health and welfare of animals before, during and after a disaster. Animals cannot be considered independently of response issues associated with human populations. Animal owners can put themselves and first responders at risk when they take risks in order to save their animals. Animal response issues exist anytime a disaster affects a community. Whether planned for or not, they must be addressed during a response.
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food encourages individuals interested in preparedness and emergency response to work with their local emergency manager to include animal response planning in their county or city emergency response plans. CART groups may be prepared to respond to everything from sheltering pets in a natural disaster evacuation scenario to an overturned livestock trailer or livestock disease outbreak. If you are interested in starting a CART group in your area, please review the following resources to help gain a better understand of training recommendations and what is involved.
The following are examples of state-level and county-level CART programs in other states. These should be used as examples only and permission to use information from these sites in local planning should be obtained directly from the respective organizations.
For additional guidance, contact Chelsea Crawford, Assistant State Veterinarian at (801)538-7109.
Secure Milk Supply Plan (SMS): The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is in the process of creating a Secure Milk Supply Plan. Information for producers and processors on how to participate in the Plan will be released as the project progresses. In the meantime, implementing good biosecurity practices now will help protect your farm against potential disease introductions and prepare you for participation in the Plan. Click here for information on farm biosecurity practices and FREE training materials for farm employees in both English and Spanish.