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Pet-Friendly Sheltering Online Training

Another resource for managing pets in disasters.

My most current Disaster Zone podcast, “Protecting Pets from Disasters,” prompted an email from LeiAnna Tucker. You can read what she wrote below. In sum, it is another resource you can tap into.

I underlined the course objective on the topic of social media in her message below.

“I’ll tune into your podcast about protecting pets from disaster. I’m very pleased to see that this critical topic is being discussed in the reputable arena of Emergency Management. I would also like to share with you a free online training opportunity that we recently published here in Florida: Pet-Friendly Sheltering Online Training. It is the first of its kind to be offered in Florida, and available nationwide! The training provides guidance to private, local and state entities on how to plan for and operate a pet-friendly shelter to ensure that individuals evacuating from a disaster with their household pets are accommodated. While this training will provide you with basic information and guidance, further training with local or state emergency management programs is essential to fully prepare for pet-friendly sheltering in your community. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services developed this training collaboratively with the Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART). This training is state-certified by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (Course Code FL-017).  I hope you can check it out and feel free to contact me at my number in my email signature below with any questions!"

“Much appreciated,

“LeiAnna Tucker

Watch the training trailer video and register here:

Course Objectives

At the completion of this online training, you should be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of and requirements for opening pet-friendly shelters during emergency evacuations.
  • Understand the concept of the Incident Command System (ICS) and how it can be applied to pet-friendly shelter planning and operations.
  • Identify strategies and planning considerations for writing a pet-friendly shelter plan for all-hazards.
  • Understand the benefits of establishing partnerships and Multi-agency Coordination Groups with key agencies and organizations to achieve local resource allocation for pet-friendly shelter preparedness.
  • Understand the critical role social media plays in emergency communications, and how to develop an accurate and effective message about available pet-friendly shelters in a disaster.
  • Apply best practices when setting up a pet-friendly shelter.

Primary Audience

The target audience includes local and state government agencies, emergency management agencies, county employees, shelter volunteers, veterinary and animal care services, and persons involved with the planning and response for emergency sheltering of individuals and household pets during disasters.



Course Length

Total course length is approximately 4 hours to complete. You will be given 7 days to complete this training from the date you register. If you do not complete the training within 7 days, then your training registration will restart, and you will be required to complete the training from the beginning again.

Course Requirements

Students must pass the Final Exam to receive the state-certified Certificate of Completion.

No cost, free to all who register!
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