Mississippi Animal Response Team (MART)
Have you felt the need to assist people with their animals during a disaster; however, were not sure what to do?
Heres your answer…join the Mississippi Animal Response Team (MART). MART is the official coordination and response team for disasters involving animals and agriculture. MART volunteers are educated and trained to support the county, regional, and state emergency management efforts and incident management teams.
Who should be involved in MART?
Emergency managers, Producers, Veterinarians, Extension agents, Animal control officials, District conservationists, People in agricultural businesses, Law enforcement officers, Public health workers, Animal health professionals… the General Public that is interested in animals and agriculture.
How do you join MART?
MART members are required to complete three Incident Command System classes. These classes are extremely important, teaching us to work within a nationwide system. Classes are free and can be taken online at your convenience. The class link is http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp . Once you click on the link, scroll down the page until you find the following three classes:
IS-100.c – ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
IS-200.c – ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.
IS-700.b – This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
Once you have completed a course, please email a copy of your certificate to the MART Coordinator (contact info below). It is a good idea for you to keep a personal binder of all training certificates you receive. Various training opportunities will be available to MART members throughout the year.
Please contact the MART Coordinator, Beth Adcock, if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in MART!
Mississippi Board of Animal Health
P.O. Box 3889
Jackson, MS 39207
These training programs are not required but highly encouraged.
- FEMA IS-10 and IS-11 “Animals in Disasters”