In the possibility that the town loses power during this storm, Bethel and other surrounding towns in CT Region 5 (see map below) have trained volunteers that are prepared to care for your pets when you and your family have evacuate to a local emergency evacuation shelter yourself (co-located companion animal evacuation shelters) due to outages or storm damage etc.
Report by Paula Antolini
January 23, 2016 11:52AM EDT
Bethel CTSART Is Prepared for Sheltering Pets Should and Outage Occur During the Snow Storm
In the possibility that the town loses power during this storm, Bethel and other surrounding towns in CT Region 5 (see map below) have trained volunteers from the Connecticut State Animal Response Team that are prepared to care for your pets when you and your family have evacuate to a local emergency evacuation shelter yourself (co-located companion animal evacuation shelters) due to outages or storm damage etc. Many times residents are hesitant to seek shelter when their home becomes flooded or heat is not working or other emergencies, because they do not want to leave their pets at home.
When staying at co-located companion animal evacuation shelters you are able to see your pet often and feed and walk your own pet. In Bethel human and pet shelters are located separately but in the same building. You will be required to bring certain identification papers with you, please read the other article on Bethel Advocate for details.
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The Connecticut State Animal Response Team is organized and always on call in case of emergency. The teams have NOT been activated at this time, but they have communication methods in place should this become an emergency situation. In Bethel the CJH Municipal Center is where the CTSART shelter would be set up for pet care (lower level) along with Red Cross (upper level) for residents in Bethel, CT unless you have been directed otherwise.
There are CTSART Region 5 Animal Care Coordinators (ACCs) for each town who have lists of volunteer names and contact information, ready to act in emergency.
CTSART Region 5 Teams work together and if another town should need more assistance, volunteers will be called to areas in other towns. Basic pet supplies are on hand to set up shelters for each town and Region 5 has access to several trailers full of more supplies. Be prepared to bring certain supplies for your pet, click here for more details.
The Connecticut State Animal Response Team (CTSART) program is a collaboration among government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and volunteers for preparing and responding to animal needs in disasters. It is a public-private partnership, organized to prepare our state for any disaster that involves domestic animals in Connecticut. CTSART is the signature program of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation.
• To facilitate a prompt, effective response to emergencies involving animals in Connecticut
• To decrease the health and safety threat to people and animals
• To minimize the economic impact of animal issues in emergencies
• To prevent or decrease the spread of animal disease in emergencies
CTSART missions include deployment of co-located companion animal evacuation shelters, building volunteer networks trained and state certified to assist with animal needs in disasters and public education.
CTSART Steering Committee Representation
- Capitol Region Emergency Planning Committee
- Connecticut Department of Agriculture
- Connecticut Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
- Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association
- Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation
- United States Department of Agriculture
Serving Emergency Support Function 11, Animal Response, Across Connecticut