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2015 Training Calendar
Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Course**
**This course is certified by FDEM as course code FL-003-RESP.

  • Sarasota FL - April 11, 2015 Register Here
  • Clearwater, FL - February 28, 2015 - 33 new responders!
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Florida SARC team members must complete the following FEMA course to deploy.

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.

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. 

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.

Operations and Technician level responders will require additional FEMA courses as well as certain HazMat trainings. Contact our Training Department for more information.
This site from Iowa State University offers Free OnlineTraining for any individuals wanting to learn.
Everyone interested in animal health emergency response is welcome!

Why wait until a Foreign animal disease outbreak, Natural/Man-made disaster or emergency to occur. Get training free, online and at your own time and pace.
PPE, Biosecurity, Cleaning and Disinfection, Disposal, Health & Safety, Surveillance, Epidemiology and Tracing and Vaccination for Contagious Diseases.
NAHERC number only required for staff in the NAHERC Program: No CE’s are awarded for this training
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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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