Cat Depot hosts a variety of emergency response trainings throughout the year. Please email Cat Depot if you are interested in becoming part of the Cat Depot Emergency Response Team (CDERT).
Cat Depot hosts the Florida SARC Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Class as well as the Operations Level class!
This class is being offered FREE of charge!
The Awareness Level class will give you the knowledge you need to work in an emergency animal shelter. 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.
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 Volunteer and Education Department for more information.
Click here for more information on training dates in the state of Florida.