Though everyone can volunteer and assist with the OK ACT mission, those who wish to be directly involved in the specialized animal rescue will be required to complete and continue, a certain amount of training to remain a recognized and authorized member of the team.


Each volunteer must first complete an application process as well as mandatory online courses offered by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI). These courses are free of charge and are completed through the Internet. If you wish to start the courses, you'll need a FEMA SID (student identification number) which will register you in the system to receive credit for your work.

Please follow this link: 

​https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register.



IS-10.a-Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
The objectives of this course are to increase awareness and preparedness among animal owners and care providers, and to describe how typical hazards affect animals. 

https://emilms.fema.gov/is10a/index.htm​

IS-11.a-Animals in Disasters: Community Planning
The objectives of this course are to learn how to develop a community plan for managing animals in an emergency, identify hazards and threats most likely to affect your community and ways to minimize their impact on animals, indicate how communities use the Incident Command System (ICS) to respond effectively to an incident involving animals. 

​https://emilms.fema.gov/IS11A/index.htm

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System
This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System.

https://emilms.fema.gov/is100b/index.htm

IS-111, Livestock in Disasters 
The objectives of this course are to describe the various hazards that animals can face and how to mitigate them, as well as how to respond to an actual disaster.

​https://emilms.fema.gov/is111a/index.htm

ICS-700.a-National Incident Command System
Describe the purpose of the NIMS Components including: Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management.

​https://emilms.fema.gov/is700anew/index.htm

ICS-800.a-National Response Framework, An Introduction

The course introduces participants to the concepts & principles of the National Response Framework.

​https://emilms.fema.gov/is800b/index.htm