HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Even if you have never worked with animals before, the SMART team needs you! Perhaps you are a lawyer
who can help volunteer your services or perhaps you are a secretary who has excellent organizational skills.  
The SMART team needs people with all types of backgrounds, animal and non-animal related.  If you have a
love for animals and want them to be cared for during times of disasters and emergencies then SMART
needs you!
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
All volunteers must be registered with SMART in order to respond as SMART volunteers. To become a
volunteer, you must complete the required forms below
and take 2 emergency management courses (free,
online courses) to learn how emergency response teams are organized. Please note that some teams may
have additional requirements.

Required forms:
1. Volunteer Registration Form

2. Code of Conduct Form  

3. Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreement/Release Form

Required courses:
1. ICS 100 (Incident Command System, Level 100)
2. NIMS 700 (National Incident Management System, Level 700)  
Note: Please plan to spend a few hours to download the courses, read the material and take the tests. You do
not have to complete an entire course at one time. It is possible to do part of the course on one day and return
to complete it at another time..

Required primary team affiliation:
All volunteers must select one primary team of interest from among SMART's 5 response teams.
Click
here to learn more about the teams within SMART. Please indicate your primary team of interest on the
volunteer registration form.

Where to mail required forms and certificates:
All required forms and copies of the required course certificates (or the link to the certificates) must be
submitted by email to
smartmass1@gmail.com, or by regular mail to :

SMART
c/o MVMA
163 Lakeside Avenue
Marlborough, MA 01752  

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED COURSES
(helpful but not required):
IS 10.a Animals in Disasters: Awareness & Preparedness
IS 11.a Animals in Disasters: Community Planning

NOTICE ON BACKGROUND CHECKS
SMART is not conducting background checks at this time. However, by filling out the required forms you are
agreeing to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) criminal background check for the State of
Massachusetts Animal Response Team. If a CORI check will be implemented all members will be notified.

VOLUNTEERS MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED---DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY!
The State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team reserves the right to turn away any unregistered
volunteers. In the event of an emergency, you will be notified by your team leader or designated representative
if your team is being activated. Please do not self-deploy.

YOUR PERSONAL EMERGENCY PLAN
Volunteers should have personal and professional emergency plans in place, including plans for your pets,
prior to joining SMART.
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