Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM EDT
Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM EDT

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SPCA Florida 
5850 Brannen Rd S
Lakeland, FL 33813

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




Small Animal Emergency Sheltering

 Operations Level (Level 2)

 Lakeland, Florida

Saturday, Sept. 26 & Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020

**This course is certified by Florida Department of Emergency Management
as course code

Are you ready to help animals even MORE during disasters?  

Join Florida State Animal Response Coalition and SPCA Florida for the Operations Level Class. The class is two full days of intense and fun workshops where you and a team of colleagues will work on various projects related to the operations of emergency and pet friendly shelters.

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.

Tuition is $100. You may register immediately and send proof of completing the prerequisites before the day of class.

To be eligible to take this course, you must be at least 18 years old, have a up-to-date FLSARC volunteer profile, AND provide proof of completing the following courses:

If the above certificates of completion are currently not part of your volunteer profile with FLSARC, please submit these certificates to volunteer@flsarc.org.

Florida SARC team members are required to complete the following to be eligible to deploy during disasters:

 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 sometimes 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. These requirements will be communicated when they request our assistance.