BART (Basic Animal Response Training)
provides the training, knowledge and equipment necessary to safely handle domestic animals and livestock during emergency situations.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
Training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Major emergencies and disasters involving injury or disease to large numbers of people can overwhelm full-time emergency response personnel within the first 12 to 72 hours. Volunteers can provide an important "surge" capacity during these critical early hours and supplement medical and health personnel shortages at local facilities. The OKMRC (Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps) helps fill these gaps with volunteers who've been organized, trained, and assigned to assist where their expertise is best applied.
Our expertise as the Oklahoma Animal Crisis Team is being a small animal crisis team working primarily with dogs and cats. We respond, search for, locate and provide relief to domestic pets. The animals found are taken to a staged treatment area with veterinarians and other professionals where all animals are tagged for identification, giving the ability to owners searching for lost pets to be reunited.
All OK ACT volunteers are required to be trained and badged by the OKMRC, which also includes a background check. We never self-deploy to disaster zones, working within the confines of the law, but are called up through the MRC. However we are FEMA certified to assist in the search and rescue of animals outside disaster perimeters, putting human life first.
Many volunteers are also
CERT & BART certified.
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