Once the Florida State Defense Force is reactivated by the state, we anticipate an aggressive training program to bring members up to speed in their various roles.  In addition to training about being a member of the FL SDF, we envision on-going operational training. 

Operational training includes but is not limited to:

  • National Incident Management (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Core Disaster and Relief Operations

  • Damage Assessment

  • Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) training

  • Operational Leadership

  • Shelter Operations and Management

  • Volunteer Management

  • Logistics and Material Management

  • Basic and Advanced life saving

  • Instructor and Train-the-Trainer courses

  • Communications

Training that is expected by every Florida SDF Member:

MEMS Badge:  Every member is expected to earn the Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS) badge.  This badge is earned by meeting the requirements that the SGAUS MEMS Academy has issued.  The process is explained in the MEMS Student Handbook that is found on the SGAUS MEMS Academy page HERE.  

Each state has their own MEMS Badge Directer that is appointed by SGAUS.  The Florida MEMS badge Director is John Corfield.  His email is John.Corfield@orlandohealth.com.  

Shelter Operations:  If the Florida SDF is reactivated, we expect that one of the first missions the Florida SDF will have is Shelter Operations for evacuees.  Historically the American Red Cross has been the lead agency in shelter ops, but there have been times when the operation of shelters has fallen to the state.  Therefore, we expect that every member in the SDF to become trained in the operations of a evacuee shelter.  To start this training, watch this video.  Shelter Ops is a very important mission therefore the video is about 90 minutes long.  The video can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PSS2_UbRJ0  .  

Points of Distribution (Pods):  Another mission that is always needed and one that several other state SDFs do is to operate point os distribution (Pods).  Pods are needed in every disaster to help distribute needed supplies (food, water, etc.) to the people effected by the disaster.  FEMA has an online course to become PODS trained at https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-26

First Aid/CPR/AED:  Regardless of previous training, every member of the SDF will be required to become current in basic first aid, CPR/BLS and in the use of an AED.  Current certification from the Red Cross, American heart Association, Medic First Aid, ASHI or any other certifying agency will be REQUIRED.  Medical personnel (physicians, nurses, EMTs, Paramedics, Police, Fire, etc) may be exempt from this requirement depending on their civilian licenses and certifications.  Everyone else will be required to get this training on their own.  

As additional missions are identified, we will post training links on this page.