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**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 become a 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

More classes coming soon!

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

Course Description: Operations level will give you many new job options, in addition to leadership skills and team lead opportunities. This course expands upon information covered in FL-003-RESP and ICS-100 courses. These earlier courses are prerequisites for FL-607-RESP.

Prerequisites:  ICS-100, FL-003-RESP, proof of current Tetanus vaccine.

Duval County, Jacksonville, Florida November 11 and 12, 2017

MUST meet prerequisites:
FL SARC Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering class completion
Current Tetanus vaccination (or documented waiver from your doctor)
FEMA IS-100 (online and no charge)

 This is a TWO DAY class. 
If you have not done so already, please send proof of IS-100 and vaccine status to Bud Most, Volunteer Director via email at If you feel like we already have your documentation, please reach out to Bud to confirm.

Once approved, you will receive a link to sign up for the class.

Please note: You must be 18 years old or older to take this class!

More classes coming soon! 

Train the Trainer Workshop 

September 9 and 10, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida

Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma...

will be rescheduled for January 2018  

YES! YOU can become an instructor! Or a classroom assistant! We need YOU!

Check back soon for details! 

Florida SARC team members must complete the following FEMA course to deploy to certain non-disaster related events.

In order to be able to deploy to federally declared disasters or to advance to Operations Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering,
you must also complete:

These courses are self-study online courses and are free of charge.

All volunteers must also have a current Tetanus Vaccination within the past 10 years, within 5 years is preferable.
It is also recommended that you receive vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies.

It is strongly recommended that each volunteer complete 10 hours working with dogs and 10 hours working with cats in either a shelter environment or similar situation or in a veterinary practice.

Operations and Technician level responders will require additional FEMA courses as well as certain HazMat trainings. Contact our Training Department for more information.

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Florida State Animal Response Coalition offers 3 levels of Emergency Animal Sheltering Training: Awareness level, Operations level and Technician level.

Each level builds upon the previous level's knowledge and experience. Our trainings are job/task based. When you are called upon to assist you can be confident you know and understand the job you are being deployed to do.

Awareness Level Sheltering training is the foundation course required to assist with caring for sheltered 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, Code of Conduct for Response, Zoonotic Disease, Personal Safety, and Post Traumatic Stress and more...

Operations Level training expands upon the basic daily care of the animals. This is the next step to becoming a leader in Emergency Animal Sheltering. After completion of the Operations Level training, you will understand and be able to work in a variety of positions, including being a team leader in jobs such as: Volunteer registration, Animal Intake, Lost and Found, Donations, Kennel Row Lead, Animal Export/Transport, Animal Decontamination, Supply section, and more.

Technician Level is the highest level of training. After completing this level you will be able to coordinate, set up and manage an Emergency Animal Shelter. At this level you will work in close coordination with State and Local authorities during an emergency or disaster to plan, assist, shelter and reunited animals with their families.

Participation in the program does not obligate you to volunteer if a disaster occurs. There are many reasons one may not be available, such as family or work obligations at the time of the request. For this reason it is imperative to continue to increase our volunteer membership in order to meet the demands during an actual emergency.

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