Friday, February 23, 2024 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Doubetree Hilton at Seaworld Orlando

10100 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32821


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Awareness Level  1 - Small Animal Disaster and Emergency Sheltering Course

Friday, February 23, 2024

DoubleTree Hilton @ Seaworld Orlando


Thanks to an invitation and partnership with the

Florida Animal Protection and Advocacy Association (FAPAA)

Florida SARC (State Animal Response Coalition) would like to offer you an opportunity to take our Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering class while attending the

2024 Florida Animal Control Association Educational Conference.
Click above for more information and conference registration

When disaster strikes, our team of trained volunteer responders will be there to shelter and protect Florida's companion animals. 

There is NO FEE to register for this class! The course is included with your FAAPA conference registration.


This Awareness Level (Level 1) class will give you the knowledge and skills you need to work in an emergency animal shelter or pet-friendly shelter. It will give you the expertise and practical experience required to become a emergency animal responder.

The Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering class is FEMA recognized, and certified by the Florida Department of Emergency Management. This class is required by FL SARC responders to respond in Florida to help companion animals during a disaster.

This is the introductory level of emergency animal shelter.  Modules include:

  • The Disaster Process – Understanding how disasters are managed.
  • Preparing for Deployment – Checklists and considerations so you are ready when needed.
  • Building a Temporary Emergency Shelter – Strategies for shelter location and design. Basic equipment assembly
  • Animal Behaviors – General understanding of animal behaviors, facial expressions, stresses, and more
  • Daily Care – Skills and procedures to provide daily care of animals.
  • Diseases & Parasites – Processes and skills for recognizing and reporting illness.
  • Cleaning & Disinfecting – Considerations to limit the spread of disease. Procedures and options.
  • Tear Down & Cleanup – Processes during tear down to improve readiness for the next disaster.

**Preregistration is required. Participants must complete all eight hours of instruction to receive a certificate of completion and a complementary Florida SARC uniform t-shirt and pet evacuation information bag.

Full conference or Friday only conference registration required to participate in this course.  Participants must also register for the course through Florida SARC using the REGISTER NOW button below

 *The course requires a minimum of 15 participants.