Shorty Beaty
DART Leader
(423) 894-1687  ext. 3

Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)

What is a Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)?

Tennessee Disaster Animal Response Team is a state-wide program under the authority of the State Veterinarian, Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The DART program was created in the 1990's, but has been expanded since both Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina have occurred. These 2 events showed deficiencies in emergency response in regards to responding to needs of animals. HC-DART was developed collaboratively by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department and UT Extension-Hamilton County in 2006. It has since become a Tennessee Homeland Security District 3 DART team that assists during large-scale emergencies impacting animals throughout the 11 counties comprising District 3.

How Do I Donate to DART? 

Do you have supplies, equipment, or facilities that can be used for an emergency animal response?  Contact the HC-DART to    establish a donation agreement in advance of a disaster.  Knowing where these resources are available before a disaster strikes will speed up emergency response efforts.  Monetary donations are also accepted through the Southeast TN Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council and these donations are tax deductible.  For more information about donating email or


Contact Shorty Beaty, the DART Leader. Shorty will sign you up for the training class and talk to you about how to complete the online training to become a member of the HC-DART.

DARTs are made up of credentialed persons who can enter critical areas during an emergency involving animals. These individuals can range from veterinarians and vet technicians to interested animal lovers with some type of experience with animals (livestock, exotic, and/or companion animals).

Becoming credentialed involves half day training at the UT-Extension office off of Bonny Oaks Drive in Chattanooga. In addition to the classroom training, there are some online courses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that can be done at your own pace. The online training focuses on the Incident Command System (ICS), which details who's in charge during an emergency and how we would all work together during that time.