Osceola County Animal Services


Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM EDT
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM EDT

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EOC, Osceola County Emergency Management 
2586 Partin Settlement Rd.
Emergency Operations Center
Kissimmee, FL 34744

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Bud Most, Volunteer & Planning Director 
Florida State Animal Response Coalition




Small Animal Emergency Sheltering 
Operations Level (Level 2)

 Kissimmee, Florida

Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3, 2018 

This course is certified by Florida Department of Emergency Management as course code FL-607

Please join the Florida State Animal Response Coalition team, Osceola County Animal Services, and Snip It for the Operations Level Emergency Animal Sheltering class. 

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 scenarios of emergency sheltering during a disaster.
In the Operations Level class, you will be able to:
  • Understand how the Incident Command System is used in an emergency shelter
  • Reduce the spread of diseases & effectively decontaminate animals
  • Choose a location and design a shelter
  • Choose proper equipment and supplies
  • Create an animal intake process & procedure plan
  • Understand the responsibilities of Lead roles
  • Successfully and safely transport animals
Even if you have no interest in taking a leadership position at an emergency shelter, the skills and knowledge learned in this course will make you a valuable asset for any emergency shelter deployment. You will work in a team with other companion animal advocates to help enhance what you learn.

Tuition for this class has been paid for by a generous grant from the Florida Department of Emergency Management. Costs associated with a registrant (e.g., workbooks, administration, instructor expenses, etc.) are only reimbursed by the state when registrants complete the course. Cancellations and no shows add costs to FLSARC, a non-profit organization, and are not covered by the state grant. Please make every effort to honor your commitment to attend.


NOTE: If the above certificates of completion are currently not part of your volunteer profile with FLSARC, please submit these certificates to volunteer@flsarc.org or your registration may be cancelled.

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:

  • Level 2 - Operations Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Course
  • 10 hours working with dogs and 10 hours working with cats in a shelter, similar environment, or in a veterinary practice. 
  • Pet First Aid & CPR AND Human First Aid, CPR, & 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. They will be communicated when requesting assistance.