Training Schedule

Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Courses

**These courses are certified by Florida Department of Emergency Management**

FL-003-RESP: Small Animal Emergency Sheltering: Awareness Level (Level 1)

Course Description: This Awareness Level class gives students the knowledge necessary to work in an emergency animal shelter. This class provides expertise and practical experience required to becomea professional disaster animal responder. The Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering class is certified by the Florida Department of Emergency Management and is required to respond in Florida to help companion animals during a disaster.

Course topics include: Personal Preparedness, Overview of the Incident Command System, Deployment Preparedness, Assisting in Shelter Set Up, Daily Care and Feeding, Proper Cage Cleaning and Disinfection, Animal Behavior, Stress Management, Zoonotic Diseases, Personal Safety and more....

Prerequisites: None

Upcoming Awareness (Level1) training schedule: 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - Tampa, FL - Hosted by Aparicio-Levy Technical College

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Sarasota, FL - Hosted by Cat Depot



FL-607: Small Animal Emergency Sheltering: Operations Level (Level 2)

Course Description: Operations level will give you many new opportunities during a disaster involving companion animals, in addition to leadership skills and team lead opportunities. This course expands upon information covered in FL-003-RESP (Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering) and FEMA's IS-100.b courses. 

  • Completion of FL-SARC Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Awareness (Level 1) Class.
  • Up-to-date Volunteer Profile with FLSARC. Go to the "Volunteer Resources" tab on our website to complete a profile if you haven't already completed one.
  •  Successful completion of FEMA online courses: IS-100.b.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.

This is a TWO DAY class. 

Send completion certificates of FEMA's IS-100.b & Awareness Level (Level 1) Small Animal Emergency Sheltering to our Volunteer Director via email at Once submitted, you can click on your choice of classes below.

June 23 and 24, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) Gainesville


Train The Trainer Workshop

The next workshop will be posted in the Fall of 2018

YES! YOU can become an instructor! Or a classroom assistant! We need YOU! Not into speaking in front of groups? Well, this may help you get into it! And, if not, maybe you will become a classroom assistant with us! Whether you are working in a "class mom/dad" role or providing the information through lectures to students, WE NEED YOU! And, so do the animals!

~Successful completion of FEMA online courses: IS-100.b, IS-200.b, & IS-700.a.
~Completion of FL-SARC Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Awareness (Level 1) & Operations (level 2) Classes.
~You must be at least 18 years old to take this class.

Florida SARC team members are required to complete the following to be eligible to deploy:

Other requirements to deploy in a federally declared disaster areas:
All volunteers are encouraged to have the following vaccinations when entering a disaster area. Some partner organizations require some or all of them:
  • Tetanus Vaccination within the past 5 years. 10 years is acceptable.
  • Hepatitis A & B. 
  • Pre-exposure Rabies
Additional Requirements to deploy in a Lead role during a disaster:
  • 10 hours working with dogs and 10 hours working with cats in a shelter, similar environment, or in a veterinary practice. 
  • Human AND Pet First Aid, CPR, and AED training.
  • Animal care resume (A couple paragraphs explaining your animal handling experience.)
  • FEMA Free online Course - IS-5.A: Introduction to HAZMAT
NOTE: Current experience and education may be acceptable in lieu of some requirements. FLSARC often deploys team members nationally with partner organizations to practice skills and enhance our abilities. These organizations may have additional requirements to deploy with them. These requirements will be communicated when requesting assistance.

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