The Salvation Army Mississippi Gulf Coast will offer free disaster training classes for those interested in volunteering after a disaster. The day long program will include two optional courses to prepare volunteers to work general disaster services and on The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding unit, commonly referred to as a “canteen.”
The Disaster Training Program is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Biloxi. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Two classes are available. Participants may take one or both, but it is encouraged to take both courses.
Introduction to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services - 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This course is the base training course for volunteers interested in becoming a volunteer for the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services. It is designed for new disaster workers and provides participants with an overview of The Salvation Army's mission and its role within disaster work. Participants will also be taught how to prepare and equip themselves for a disaster deployment. This course is required for volunteers who would like to help The Salvation Army after a disaster.
Canteen Operations Course - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. During a disaster, the first gesture of comfort The Salvation Army offers is often a cold drink and a hot meal from one of its mobile feeding units. These units, affectionately referred to as “canteens” are the cornerstone of The Salvation Army’s disaster program. This course looks at Canteen Operations from start to finish – from the various canteen models to food service delivery strategies, from major canteen system, like water, propane, and electrical to maintenance, and menu planning to crew development. This course is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of operating a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit on a disaster. Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army canteen should take this course.
Lunch will be provided for those staying for both courses.
The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast is well known for supporting disaster relief efforts on the Coast after hurricanes, but the organization frequently responds to other local disasters throughout the year including areas damaged by floods, storms, fire, and other disasters.
Those who complete the Disaster Training Courses will become approved volunteers to work disasters both on the MS Gulf Coast and nationally for The Salvation Army.
To register for the course(s) please visit: www.salvationarmymscoast.org and click on the Volunteer Link.
Or, go directly to the Disaster Volunteer registration page: www.salvationarmymscoast.org/get-involved/disaster-volunteer/
Participants with questions may contact The Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator, Zach Rhodes at 228-207-2303.