Monday, January 14, 2013

Disaster Training - Sign up Today!

Have you ever watched news coverage of a disaster and saw the brave volunteers in red, and wondered who they are and how they know what to do? Those caring civilians are actually well trained Salvation Army disaster relief volunteers and they help us do the most good when disaster strikes.

Many people think about helping disaster victims when a disaster happens, what most people don’t realize is that the time to be prepared is now-- BEFORE a disaster hits.  This is why it’s so important to have trained volunteers in the wings waiting for when the time comes. The Salvation Army relies on volunteers to deliver quick and efficient relief to victims of disasters like hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, etc. across the country.

If you are interested in learning about our disaster training program or becoming one of our well trained volunteers then please join us for our Disaster Training, January 25 and 26.  Training is free to attend and all registrations must be returned by January 18.  Click here to register or for more information contact Jenny McElyea, Volunteer Coordinator. Jenny_McElyea{at}uss.salvationarmy{dot}org. If you are trained you will become a part of our national disaster team and will be notified when your services are needed, both in Oklahoma and across the U.S.

Courses available:

Class 1 - Introduction to Disaster Services (pre-requisite)
This class is for those new to disaster services. It is an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission and role within disaster work.
Class 2 - Individual Crisis Intervention
This course is for those wanting to develop skills for one-on-one crisis intervention techniques in the fields of emotional and spiritual care, disaster response, etc.
Class 3 - ServSafe Basics
This course is for anyone wanting to serve in mass feeding.
Class 4 - Incident Command System
This course provides participants with the general orientation to The Salvation Army Incident Command system and explains how it is used to command, control, and coordinate disaster relief operations.
Class 5 - Foundations of Emotional and Spiritual Care
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of emotional and spiritual care during times of disaster.
Class 6 - Canteen Operations
This course will train delegates how to use an emergency mobile feeding unit, including preparing and serving lunch for the training, and cleaning up and stowing the unit.

*The Salvation Army's national disaster training program includes courses developed by The Salvation Army and training certified by other partner organizations whose technical expertise is nationally recognized in a given field.


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