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: For ages 18 or older

Upcoming Awareness (Level1) training schedule:

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Sarasota, FL - Hosted by Cat Depot



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

Course Description: 

Operations level will help qualify you for new roles during a disaster involving animals including possible Team Lead roles. This class expands on the learnings of the Level 1 course and challenges experienced shelter staff with interesting scenarios of emergency sheltering during a disaster.


There is no fee for this class. Tuition is paid for by the state of Florida. Costs associated with this class (e.g., workbooks, administration, instructor expenses, etc.) are only reimbursed to FLSARC when students complete the course. Cancellations and no shows add costs to FLSARC, a non-profit organization. Please make every effort to honor your commitment to attend.



·      18 years of age or older

·      Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering (Level 1) completion certificate

·      Completion of FEMA’s IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100 completion certificate

·      An active FLSARC Volunteer profile


All fees are paid for by the state of Florida. There is no charge to registrants



1.    Send completion certificates to

·      Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering (Level 1)

·      FEMA’s IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

2.    Register by clicking the link below:

Jacksonville, FL - June 22 & 23, 2019 - Hosted by First Coast No More Homeless Pets

Lakeland, FL - July 13 & 14, 2019 - Hosted by SPCA Florida


Train The Trainer Workshop

Next Train the trainer will be early 2019. Watch this page for updates.

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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