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: 

March 24, 2018 (Saturday) Largo 

April 14, 2018 (Saturday) Tampa (Registration will be open soon!) 

May 12, 2018 (Saturday) Orlando (Registration will be open 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 IS-100.b courses. 

~Successful completion of FEMA online courses: IS-100.b.
~Completion of FL-SARC Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Awareness (Level 1) Class.
~You must be at least 18 years old to take this class.

This is a TWO DAY class. 

If you have not done so already, please send proof of IS-100.b our Volunteer Director via email at 
Once approved, you will receive a link to register for the class.

March 24 and 25, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) Fellsmere, Florida

April 21 and 22, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) Largo (Registration will open soon!)

June 2 and 3, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) Orlando (Registration will open soon!)


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) Class.
~You must be at least 18 years old to take this class.

Florida SARC team members must complete the following FEMA courses to deploy during 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 are encouraged to have a Tetanus Vaccination within the past 5 years. 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. This is a requirement for anyone deploying in a Lead role with FLSARC.

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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