During a disaster one or all of the SMART teams may be activated. For example, a
wildfire may require only the Search and Rescue/Animal Control Officer/Special
Species (SARACOSS) team to be activated, while a hurricane may require activation
of all teams.
The Assessment Team will assess damages and the stability of an effected area,
prioritize tasks, and determine if any other teams should be activated. Members must
be familiar with disasters, the Incident Command System (ICS) and must be able to
quickly and throughly assess the needs of a particular disaster.
Assessment Team Leader: Alan Borgal, firstname.lastname@example.org
SARACOSS:Search and Rescue/Animal Control Officer/Special Species
Search and Rescue team members will search for and rescue missing, abandoned,
hurt and/or stranded animals. The team will document rescues to facilitate reuniting
animals with their owners. Members must have animal handling skills.
Animal Control Officers will assist Search and Rescue team members as well as the
Shelter Operations team. ACOs will document abandoned, hurt and deceased
animals. ACOs will monitor available shelter space. Members must be a current Animal
Control Officer in the State of Massachusetts.
For more information about SARACOSS: click here.
SARACOSS Team Leader: Julie Robitaille: email@example.com
Veterinary Services will provide acute medical care based on triage of animals. The
team will monitor the health of rescued animals and those in sheltering. The team will
note the general health of wild animals they encounter and note deceased animals.
Veterinarians, technicians and animal care personnel are welcome as members.
Members with good organization skills and computer skills are also needed.
For more information about the Veterinary Services team click here.
Team Leader: Liz Williamson
For questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter Operations will set up shelters to temporarily house and care for rescued
animals and animals belonging to people who are displaced by disasters.The shelter
team will keep detailed information on animals for owner identification purposes.
Shelter workers, animal care providers and people with animal handling skills are
needed for this team. Members with good organization skills and computer skills are
For more information about the Shelter Operations team click here.
Team Leader: Holly Rogers: email@example.com
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