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The mission of Animal Emergency Working Group of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture is to provide guidelines for rapid response to disasters affecting the health, safety, and welfare of animals.  Veterinary medicine and animal care resources in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery include, but are not limited to, small and large animal care, facility usage, displaced pet/livestock assistance, and waste disposal.

20th Annual Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) Symposium

The NJDA is excited to announce our 20th Annual Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) Symposium to be held at the NJ Public Health, Environmental & Agricultural Laboratory (PHEAL) within the NJ State Police Headquarters Complex in Ewing on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

To follow-up from last year, we will be continuing to concentrate on CARTs and sheltering animals in disasters.  Come join us for The Game of CART & JeopCARTy!  If you missed the Symposium last year, don’t miss the exciting board game, The Game of CART!  It’s back by popular demand!  But this time, teams will be working together to run their mock CART shelter.

  •  Practice the core concepts from NJ's County Animal Response Team (CART) Manual
  • Work through real-world scenarios to implement the best solution for animal sheltering during disasters
  • Discover the expertise your team members have while you exercise your problem-solving skills

We are also working on getting approval for attendees to tour the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC).  Pending approval, following the games, we will head up the hill for the optional tour of the SEOC.  You must indicate on your registration form if you want to attend the tour as we will be required to provide a list of attendees prior to the tour.  No late add-ons.

Cost is $5 per person.  Please bring your own lunch.  Registration closes April 13, 2018.  It will be limited to 60 participants and will be on a first come-first serve basis as well.  Sorry, no onsite registration.  Click on the registration form below.   

You must be pre-registered as you will not be able to get into the State Police Complex otherwise.  We are required to provide a list of attendees to the security guards at the gate.  You will receive a confirmation with directions & game packet upon receipt of payment.

See the pictures below of The Game of CART from 2017.  Don’t miss out!  We look forward to seeing you there! NJ CARTs are stronger together!

20th Annual AEWG Symposium Registration Form