Free conference to include animal disaster response

The sixth-annual Kansas Preparedness Summit, a free conference designed for volunteers and employees involved in disaster response for animals and humans, will be July 26 and 27 in Wichita.

The Kansas State Animal Response Team, formed after the 2007 tornado in Greensburg, Kan., joins the Medical Reserve Corps, Kansas Citizen Corps and Kansas Division of Emergency Management to host the conference.

The conference will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Airport, 2097 Airport Road, but an animal sheltering workshop on July 26 will be at the Wichita Kennel Club, 3448 N. Emporia. The hands-on workshop, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will give participants real-life, practical experience on planning, setting up, working in and managing a temporary emergency animal shelter.

Sessions from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 27 at the DoubleTree will include topics such as pet first aid, animal response team logistics and operations, volunteer needs, how to plan for and what to expect after a disaster.

The conference is open to anyone interested in or already active in animal disaster response and people working or volunteering in the animal care and services field.

The conference is free, but the deadline to register is July 19. For more information or to register, go to, e-mail or call 316-200-5347.