Mississippi Animal Response Team (MART)

Have you felt the need to assist people with their animals during a disaster; however, were not sure what to do?

Heres your answer…join the Mississippi Animal Response Team (MART). MART is the official coordination and response team for disasters involving animals and agriculture. MART volunteers are educated and trained to support the county, regional, and state emergency management efforts and incident management teams.

Who should be involved in MART?

Emergency managers, Producers, Veterinarians, Extension agents, Animal control officials, District conservationists, People in agricultural businesses, Law enforcement officers, Public health workers, Animal health professionals… the General Public that is interested in animals and agriculture.

How do you join MART?

Please return the completed MART Registration Form and Code of Conduct to Beth Adcock at your earliest convenience (contact information is listed below).

MART members are required to complete three Incident Command System classes. These classes are extremely important, teaching us to work within a nationwide system. Classes are free and can be taken online at your convenience. The class link is http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp . Once you click on the link, scroll down the page until you find the following three classes:

IS-100.a - ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS-200.a - ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

IS-700.a - This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

The course length is approximately 3 hours for each class. Once you have completed a class, please send Beth Adcock a copy of your certificate. It is a good idea for you to keep a personal binder of all training certificates you receive. Various training opportunities will be available to you throughout the year.

Please contact the MART Coordinator, Beth Adcock, if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in MART!

Contact info:

Mississippi Board of Animal Health
Beth Adcock
P.O. Box 3889
Jackson, MS 39207
769-798-3137 (cell)
601-359-1177 (fax)



This program is still in the formative stages but will essentially train and equip veterinary personnel to support companion animal evacuation shelters in their area. These veterinary personnel would not be deployed out of their home area or have to spend great lengths of time in the shelters. This team will fall under the Animal Sheltering Branch of the Incident Command System, lead by Dr. Phil Bushby. Dr. Brigid Elchos, with the MBAH, is currently responsible for establishing minimum training standards for this team. The MBAH is working to provide compensation for training and deployment time.

Team Structure

  • Shelter support will consist of a minimum of 1 veterinarian, preferably a veterinarian and an animal technician.
  • The goal is to establish a minimum of one shelter support entity in each area where MBAH recognized animal shelters are located. The priority will be on the Jackson area to support the evacuation shelter at the Fairgrounds and the Meridian area to support the evacuation shelter at the Highland Park Pool House, 1820 Jimmie Rogers Dr., Meridian, MS 39307

Minimum Training Requirement:

All VST members must have these requirements met to be credentialed for deployment during a response in MS

  • Animal Emergency Response (AER) Positions Credentials for “Veterinarian” and “Animal Technician.”; these are the minimum requirements that the MBAH will use to credential responders
  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid
  • HAZMAT Awareness
  • Infection Control in Temporary Animal Shelters


Recommended Training Requirements:

These training programs are not required but highly encouraged.

  • CPR
  • FEMA IS-10 and IS-11 “Animals in Disasters”


MART Policies:

These policies must be understood by all responders. Training will be provided by MBAH staff.

  • Media Policy/Communications
  • Code of Conduct
  • Euthanasia Standard Operating Guide
  • Disaster-Related Legal Issues

Training Opportunities

  • Training will be offered in-state a minimum of twice per year. Out-of-state training opportunities will be made available for veterinary strike team members as members are able to attend. Support for travel and backfill will be offered as available.