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In an effort to better address animal welfare issues, the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management (OCDEM) initiated the development of an all-volunteer County Animal Response Team (OnCART). • An annex to Onondaga County’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and OnCART Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were developed in collaboration with state, county, and local stakeholders. These emergency plans define OnCART’s authority, capabilities and limitations, roles and responsibilities, and command structure. • Following a study of existing CARTs and animal disaster incidents throughout the U.S., a public education and outreach initiative was also initiated. Training modules for OnCART members, first responders and the public, as well as multimedia educational tools were developed in order to increase awareness and preparation within Onondaga County.

Publication Date

Fall 2016


Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


Capstone Project

Onondaga County Animal Response Team (OnCART): Development & Application