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Regional Shelter Plan Online Training Modules

Welcome to the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (WRHSAC) online emergency sheltering training tool.

This E-training was designed to provide learners with knowledge about how to carry out their assigned responsibilities in a shelter. The training is located on WRHSAC’s eLearning portal. The training is free and on-demand.

The training builds on the shelter management aids developed by WRHSAC including Regional Shelter Plans, Regional Standard Operating Guide, Job Action Sheets as well as and many other guidance documents. The training also contains all of the forms necessary to carry out shelter operations under the National Incident Management System.

 Included in the modules is content related to:
• shelter command structure
• reporting requirements, and
• required coordination

The training has been organized into modules for each position in the organization chart. The All Staff Training module should be taken by everyone and before specific job modules are taken.

1. Select the name of the module you have been directed to take based on the position within the organization that you will filling upon activation. Choose from the list below of hyperlinked positions.
2. If you are filling numerous positions, take all modules that apply.
3. Insert your name as directed into each training module.
4. Print your certificate and provide it to your Supervisor.
5. You can print the documents that are embedded in the training as PDFs for ease of use. Alternatively, you can ask your Supervisor for copies.

Note: All Branch Supervisors should take every available module in their Branch. The Shelter Supervisor should take every module. (Each module should take less than 20 minutes to complete; most will take less than 10 minutes.)

The training includes the following modules: 

All Staff Training
Shelter Management/Shelter Supervisor Training
Regional Shelter Supervisor
Safety Officer 
Public Information Officer (PIO) 
Public Health Officer 
Security Officer
Human Shelter Branch Manager
FNSS Adviser 
Case Management 
Medical Team 
Behavioral Health
Animal Shelter Branch Manager
Animal Shelter Registration Team 
Kennel Team
Finance Manager
Planning Manager
Logistics Manager *

(Service Branch)
Food Unit 
Staffing Unit
Communications Unit 
Volunteer Management Unit 

(Support Branch)
Facilities Unit 
Supply Unit 
Transportation Unit 
Donations Unit 

*Note: Modules were not built for the Service or Support Branch Chiefs. If assigned that position, take every module in your section as well as the Shelter Manager Unit.