Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team (CCDART) was established on July 7, 2008.
CCDART is a standalone, nonprofit, tax exempt corporation
created to support Barnstable County's response to the Federal Pets Act of 2006, which requires
states to plan for the evacuation of pets (animals as well as people) during
disasters – in order to qualify for FEMA reimbursement.
In the event of a declared emergency, CCDART may provide for rescue, triage, temporary sheltering and/or transport of animals to veterinary clinics or alternate boarding facilities, CCDART strictly adheres to the Incident Command System as put for by FEMA.
CCDART is comprised solely of volunteers. These dedicated people come from all walks of life united in a common love of and concern for animals. Each volunteer must complete an application, criminal background check (CORI), and additional paperwork. FEMA courses such as IS-100 and IS-700 are also basic training requirements.
Additional training with CCDART includes a seven module training series that provides more insight to emergency response and deployment. Module topics include Registration, Dog and Cat Handling, Team Development, Radio Communications, Disaster Response, Shelter Design, and Shelter Health Awareness. Participation in mock drills helps to complete a level of competency and prepare volunteers for the reality of a true disaster. Advance coursework in Pet First Aid, the Incident Command System, Animal rescue, and related courses are offered and participation is encouraged.
Services provided by CCDART include, but are not limited to:
of temporary animal shelters for response and recovery
▪Recruitment and training of volunteers to provide animal care in shelters
▪Triage of emergency animal care
▪Maintenance of animal identification and care records Reunion of animals with their owners.