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.
JoCART 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.
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. Three of these courses must be renewed every two years; Pet First Aid, Human First Aid and Psychological First Aid, as of April 1, 2013. The current core requirements include:
Free Online Courses
- IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System
- IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
- IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
- New York Consortium for Emergency Preparedness Continuing Education – County Animal Response Team
- Psychological First Aid Online (or American Red Cross equivalent course)
Additional training requirements include completion of the following courses:
- Animal First Aid course. American Red Cross or equivalent course. (Visit the Red Cross website for a list of available courses.)
- Human First Aid. CPR is recommended. American Red Cross or equivalent course. (Visit the Red Cross website for a list of available courses.)
To learn more about volunteer options go to Volunteer Opportunities.