About Florida SART

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the lead agency for animal and agricultural emergencies. To fulfill its responsibilities as lead to emergency support function seventeen (ESF-17), the Department facilitated the development of the State Agricultural Response Team (SART) as a planning, training, and response support group with the aid of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF IFAS), UF College of Veterinary Medicine, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SART partners have specific interests and resources that can be utilized to address the needs of the State of Florida. SART is composed of partner agencies and organizations including local, state, and federal agencies, private sector entities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Mission Statement:
SART is a multi-agency coordination group consisting of governmental and private entities dedicated to strengthening all-hazard disaster capabilities through partnerships. Florida SART will support an effective and coordinated incident response for the animal and agricultural sectors in the State of Florida.

For more information, contact us, and download the following brochures:

Coordinating Disaster Response for Animals & Agriculture (PDF, 91KB)
Creating a County SART (PDF, 1.2MB)
SART Poster (PDF, 2.1MB)

Strategic Imperatives

  1. Support an Emergency Support Function (ESF) 17 Multi-agency Coordination Group for state-level response activities for animal and agriculture issues.
  2. Develop and support an ESF-17 Incident Management Team with equipment and training.
  3. Develop and support ESF-17 response resources such as the Mobile Animal Response Equipment (MARE) Units, College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (CVM VETS), Florida Veterinary Corps with funding and or training.
  4. Develop and support County and RDSTF Regional outreach, training and information coordination in order to enhance local and regional ESF-17 response capabilities.

SART on the National Level

Several other states, in addition to Florida, have working SARTs or are in the process of development. They are as follows:

National SART Web page
Maine Kansas Alabama
Georgia Virginia New Jersey
North Carolina ColoradoConnecticut
New York Louisiana