Classes

Certified training classes are offered on Sunday and Monday (Pre-Summit) and Tuesday and Wednesday. Space in these classes is limited and pre-registration is required. Classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis so we recommend choosing your classes immediately after you complete your summit registration. If a class is filled, delegates will be assigned to an alternative course. Participants must attend the full class -- from beginning to end -- to receive a credit and class certificate. Note: that classes marked ‘2 DAY CLASS’ are two days in length; delegates must attend both days to receive credit for the training.

Sunday, May 19

The Salvation Army - All-Hazards Facility Preparedness Planning

Individuals, families, and organizations have a responsibility to be prepared for all types of potential disaster situations. For example, does your family have a reunification plan? Does your congregation know what to do in case of an emergency? This course is designed to help participants think about the risks in their particular communities and develop a basic preparedness plan that can address these hazards.

Who Should Take This Couse: Anyone with an interest in being prepared to protect people and property during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disasters (2 Day Class)

This advanced level course will enhance your skills to provide effective emotional and spiritual care (ESC) to meet the disaster-related needs of disaster responders and disaster-affected families and individuals within disaster operations. This course builds on the crisis intervention principles taught in the CISM core courses to effectively integrate these principles within ESC teams for appropriate care throughout the disaster continuum from the immediate to the long-term recovery process.

Who Should Take This Course: This class is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed in a leadership role within the Emotional and Spiritual Care section during a disaster.

Recommended: Emotional and Spiritual Care: The ESC Specialist

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center - Hurricane Awareness (begins at 1:00 PM)

Hurricanes are among the deadliest and costliest of natural disasters. This course will provide a basic understanding of hurricane science, forecasting, warning, and preparedness to help emergency managers, responders, government administrators, and community members make better, more informed decisions in hurricane planning and preparedness. This course enhances the ability of participants to identify and describe the conditions of tropical cyclone formation, provide official watch and warning definitions and to make recommendations in preparation for a hurricane and the associated hazards such as high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone with an interest in public service and learning about hurricanes.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course.

The Salvation Army - Introduction to Emotional & Spiritual Care: The ESC Specialist

This course is designed to train Salvation Army disaster workers in the fundamentals of the Emotional & Spiritual Care function. Participants will explore how cultural and religious practices are important influences on emotional and spiritual care and practice a simple model designed to help ESC specialists approach, interact, and support people at a disaster site.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone who may serve on a Salvation Army disaster relief operation in an Emotional and Spiritual Care capacity.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army - Logistics

The backbone of any disaster operation, the Logistics function is all about getting the right resources to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity, at the right cost. This advanced course will cover all the essentials of the Logistics function, including the role and responsibilities of the Logistics Chief; resource acquisition; supply, facility, vehicle and technology management; in-kind donations management; and warehouse operations.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed in a leadership role within the Logistics section during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services & The Salvation Army Incident Command System(ICS)

The Salvation Army - Public Information 1: The First 24 Hours

This course will introduce participants with little or no public information experience to the essentials of the public information function and emphasize the fundamental skills necessary to disseminate accurate information--particularly in the critical first 24 hours after an incident. This course will cover the basics of good public information practices and discuss strategies for developing positive media relationships. Participants will practice essential skills such as writing news releases, doing on-camera interviews and engaging social media.

Who Should Take This Course: Local corps officers and individuals who will be working with the media or working within the public information function during disasters.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army - Planning

The Planning Section serves in an important role during a disaster response. Part of the Incident Command System, the Planning Section is responsible for collecting, evaluating and disseminating incident situation information to the Incident Commander and other incident personnel. This course is designed to train future planning personnel in how to facilitate meetings, track resources, anticipate needs, and to write Incident Action Plans.

Who Should Take This Course: This is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed in the Planning section during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services & The Salvation Army Incident Command System (ICS)

Recommended: The Salvation Army Operations, Logistics, and Finance and Administration

The Salvation Army - Preparing Your Congregation for Disaster

This course is designed to help churches and other faith-based organizations develop a disaster preparedness and response program. The course outlines the responsibility of faith organizations in preparing members and facilities for an emergency. Participants are taught key emergency management concepts and how to effectively partner with government and voluntary disaster responders.

Who Should Take this Class: Faith-leaders or lay church workers interested in preparing their church and congregation for a disaster.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course.

The Salvation Army - Train the Trainer (2 Day Class)

This course is designed to prepare experienced participants who already have a solid grasp of Salvation Army disaster worker to become certified trainers. The course focuses on the fundamentals of effective participant-focused instruction and teaching techniques. Participants will learn how to give effective presentations, facilitate discussions and manage classroom discussions and exercises. Participants will be introduced to the format of Salvation Army Disaster Training Courses and will be given guidance regarding the logistics of requesting and teaching classes from start to finish.

Who Should Take This Course: This advanced level course is designed for those individuals who are interested in being certified trainers for The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Department.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services

Recommended: Disaster Food Service and Canteen Operations and/or Ministry of Presence

ServSafe® Manager (2 Day Class)

This course teaches food service managers about the dangers of food borne illness, how to prevent it and the keys to food safety. The course also covers specifics on safe receiving, food storage, preparation and serving, and cooling and reheating. The course emphasizes that taking lan active managerial control of critical food borne illness risk factors makes all the difference for a safe operation. To receive credit for this course, participants must independently pass a multiple-choice exam which will be delivered on Thursday, May 25; study books for the class will be sent prior to the conference.

Who Should Take This Course: Supervisors responsible for managing food preparation and/or individuals, such as an Operations Chief or Safety Officer, who could have lead roles in food service and delivery during disasters.

Prerequisite(s):  There are no prerequisites for this course. ServSafe® Handler is recommended.

Monday, May 20

The Salvation Army - Active Shooter

Rarely does a day go by that the news does not report something about an active shooter. Sadly, places of service and faith facilities are not immune. This course is designed to help participants understand more about active shooter events, work towards preventing them, and preparing for them in order to respond with the highest likelihood of saving lives.

Who Should Take This Class: Safety Officers, individuals responsible for the safety of facilities or people, and anyone interested in having a better understanding of what to do in the event of an active shooter.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

ServSafe Food Handler (4 hours class) and Canteen Cooking 101 (4 hours class)

ServSafe® Food Handler (4 Hour Class)

This course introduces participants to the basics of safe food handling. The course explains how food can become unsafe through time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination, and improper cleaning and sanitizing, and the importance good personal hygiene plays in limiting the spread of bacteria and other dangerous pathogens.

Who Should Take This Course: Any individual engaged in food service or serving on a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services

Recommended: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Canteen Cooking 101

Cooking on a mobile feeding unit is quite different than cooking at home. The equipment is different, the quantities are much larger, and the time frame to prepare meals can be challenging. Participants will learn how to plan, shop for and cook up to 1500 healthy and appealing meals a day. This course will explore best practices for cooking efficiently and getting the most out of the mobile feeding unit.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services & ServSafe Food Handler

The Salvation Army - Emergency Assistance in Disaster Operations

This course is designed to train disaster workers and social workers to serve as disaster caseworkers during a disaster relief operation. Participants will learn practical skills such as interviewing clients, filling out forms and determining eligibility based upon The Salvation Army standards.

Who Should Take This Course:Disaster and social workers interested in serving as caseworkers on a disaster relief operation.

Prerequisites: Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army - Finance & Administration

This course is designed to prepare participants to serve in the Finance and Administration section on an Incident Command Team. Participants will learn disaster worker deployment procedures and guidelines, statistics, accounting, general command administration and how to navigate the EDS website.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed in a leadership role within the Finance & Administration section during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services & The Salvation Army Incident Command System(ICS)

The Salvation Army - Incident Command System

This course provides participants with a general orientation to The Salvation Army Incident Command System (ICS) and explains how it is used to command, control and coordinate disaster relief operations. Participants become familiar with the different ICS functions, the terminology of ICS, and the management principles that are applied in order to make disaster relief operations run smoothly.

Who Should Take This Course: All Salvation Army disaster workers. This course is also a prerequisite for any Salvation Army general or command staff training.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services

Mental Health First Aid™

This course presents an overview of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the U.S. The course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and reviews common treatments.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone who is interested in learning more about how to identify mental health and substance abuse. Those individuals who may serve on a Salvation Army disaster relief operation in an Emotional and Spiritual Care capacity.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course.

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center - Tornado Awareness

Tornados can strike anywhere in the United States with little or no warning and are capable of causing significant loss of life and billions of dollars in damages. It is important that every community be prepared by understanding tornados and the associated dangers. This course will prepare participants to better understand the basics of tornado science, the weather forecasting process, and the tornado warning process. Participants will also be better able to implement safety measures for themselves, their families and their organizations in preparation for tornado season.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone with an interest in public service and learning about tornados.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course.

Tuesday, May 21

The Salvation Army - All-Hazards Facility Preparedness Planning

Individuals, families, and organizations have a responsibility to be prepared for all types of potential disaster situations. For example, does your family have a reunification plan? Does your congregation know what to do in case of an emergency? This course is designed to help participants think about the risks in their particular communities and develop a basic preparedness plan that can address these hazards.

Who Should Take This Couse: Anyone with an interest in being prepared to protect people and property during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

The Salvation Army - Disaster Food Service & Canteen Operations

The Disaster Food Service & Canteen Operations course is designed as the starting point for any disaster worker who wishes to be a part of disaster food service operations. Participants who complete this course will learn about the different types of Salvation Army food service equipment, the essentials of building a food service team, canteen operations and maintenance, and the basics of menu planning.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services & ServSafe Food Handler

The Salvation Army - Disaster Social Services

This course is designed for supervisors working within the disaster social services function. The course will examine the role of disaster social services within a disaster operation, including its position within the Incident Command System (ICS) and connections with other disaster relief providers in the larger sequence of service delivery. Participants will simulate setting up a Salvation Army Disaster Assistance Center and conclude with an introduction to long-term recovery.

Who Should Take This Course: Experienced disaster workers with a social services background and/or interest who will serve in supervisory positions on a disaster operation.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services & Emergency Assistance in Disaster Operations

Recommended: The Salvation Army Incident Command System (ICS). (Not required but recommended)

The Salvation Army - Introduction to Emotional & Spiritual Care: The ESC Specialist

This course is designed to train Salvation Army disaster workers in the fundamentals of the Emotional & Spiritual Care function. Participants will explore how cultural and religious practices are important influences on emotional and spiritual care and practice a simple model designed to help ESC specialists approach, interact, and support people at a disaster site.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone who may serve on a Salvation Army disaster relief operation in an Emotional and Spiritual Care capacity.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army - Logistics

The backbone of any disaster operation, the Logistics function is all about getting the right resources to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity, at the right cost. This advanced course will cover all the essentials of the Logistics function, including the role and responsibilities of the Logistics Chief; resource acquisition; supply, facility, vehicle and technology management; in-kind donations management; and warehouse operations.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed in a leadership role within the Logistics section during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services & The Salvation Army Incident Command System(ICS)

Mental Health First Aid™

This course presents an overview of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the U.S. The course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and reviews common treatments.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone who is interested in learning more about how to identify mental health and substance abuse. Those individuals who may serve on a Salvation Army disaster relief operation in an Emotional and Spiritual Care capacity.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course.

The Salvation Army - Operations

The most important part of any Salvation Army disaster relief operation is service delivery. This course will look at how service delivery - from food service to disaster social services to bulk distribution -- is set-up, managed, coordinated, and demobilized through the Operations section. It will prepare participants to serve in a leadership role within the Operations section on an Incident Management Team.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed in a leadership role within the Operations section during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s):Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services & The Salvation Army Incident Command System (ICS)

The Salvation Army - Public Information 2: The Public Information Officer

This course is designed for experienced communications professionals, who have mastered basic public information skills, and who are ready to serve as a Public Information Officer (PIO) on large disaster operations. Participants will learn how to establish, staff, and manage a Public Information team on a large disaster operation, support disaster-related communications in preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation phases of a disaster event and learn how to proactively address potentially negative public relations issues.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed within the Public Information Officer section during a disaster. This individual should have some background in public or media relations.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services, Public Information 1: The First 24 Hours, & Incident Command System (ICS)

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) - Spiritual and Psychological First Aid (2 Day Class)

This two-day course endeavors to build helping skills and a better understanding of the unique role of the crisis responder and trains participants in the fundamental principles of spiritual and psychological first aid (SPFA). Care provided in SPFA may be defined as practical, compassionate, supportive presence designed to mitigate acute distress, assess needs, provide essential supportive care, and link with other support systems as needed for ongoing spiritual, emotional, and mental health care.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is designed for anyone who wants to enhance their skills in providing SPFA to survivors of loss, disaster, emergency, trauma, and crisis setting. This course is especially helpful for individuals who serve as emotional and spiritual care givers on a disaster operation.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course.

Recommended: Emotional and Spiritual Care: The ESC Specialist

Trainer Tips and Tricks

EDS courses are designed to be focused on participants and include interaction through discussions, questions, and exercises. This course is designed to provide seasoned trainers with a variety of different tips and tricks to enhance their classroom skills from delivering ice breakers and energizers to practicing ways to engage participants.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone who is currently a trainer for The Salvation Army Disaster Services Department.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course.

Wednesday, May 22

The Salvation Army - Active Shooter

Rarely does a day go by that the news does not report something about an active shooter. Sadly, places of service and faith facilities are not immune. This course is designed to help participants understand more about active shooter events, work towards preventing them, and preparing for them in order to respond with the highest likelihood of saving lives.

Who Should Take This Class: Safety Officers, individuals responsible for the safety of facilities or people, and anyone interested in having a better understanding of what to do in the event of an active shooter.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this class.

The Salvation Army - Canteen Cooking 101

Cooking on a mobile feeding unit is quite different than cooking at home. The equipment is different, the quantities are much larger, and the time frame to prepare meals can be challenging. Participants will learn how to plan, shop for and cook up to 1500 healthy and appealing meals a day. This course will explore best practices for cooking efficiently and getting the most out of the mobile feeding unit.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services & ServSafe Food Handler

The Salvation Army - Imaging and Interviewing: Media in Disasters

Social media plays a strategic role in disaster response. Often, The Salvation Army can tell their story through Facebook and Twitter. How can these platforms be leveraged so that more people see what is happening in the impacted areas? This course is designed to look at the use of technology in disasters. Participants will look at the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook Live, drone usage, and how to interview disaster survivors and first responders to tell the story.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed within the Public Information Officer section during a disaster. This individual should have some background in public or media relations.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services, and Public Information 1: The First 24 Hours

The Salvation Army - The Incident Commander

This course is designed for individuals who will be operating as functional leads within the Incident Command System. Participants will explore the role and responsibilities of the supervisor during a disaster response. This includes, but is not limited to, clearly articulating job responsibilities, providing constructive feedback, adhering to Salvation Army policies and procedures, and providing conflict management solutions as it pertains to disaster deployments.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course designed for those individuals who will be deployed in a leadership role within the ICS Command System.

Prerequisites: Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services & The Salvation Army Incident Command System (ICS)

The Salvation Army - Liaison 1: Understanding Emergency Management

This course provides a broad overview of how emergency management operates within the United States and explains how The Salvation Army and other members of the community connect appropriately into an emergency management system that includes government agencies, non-profit charities, voluntary organizations, the private sector, the media, and the general public.

Who Should Take This Course:This course is designed for corps officers and others seeking to build stronger relations with their local emergency managers and other disaster partners. This course is also an essential starting point for anyone interested in serving as a Liaison Officer on a Salvation Army disaster operation.

Prerequisites(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army - Long-Term Recovery

This course is designed to train disaster workers to participate in the long-term recovery efforts during a disaster relief operation. Participants will explore how be a part of unmet needs committee, work with partner agencies, maintain accurate accounting of in-kind and financial aid given to survivors, and look at how criteria are set for receiving assistance.

Who Should Take This Course: Experienced disaster workers with a social services background and/or interest who will serve during the recovery stage of a disaster operation.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services & Emergency Assistance in Disaster Operations

Recommended: The Salvation Army Incident Command System (ICS)

The Salvation Army - Operations

The most important part of any Salvation Army disaster relief operation is service delivery. This course will look at how service delivery - from food service to disaster social services to bulk distribution -- is set-up, managed, coordinated, and demobilized through the Operations section. It will prepare participants to serve in a leadership role within the Operations section on an Incident Management Team.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who will be deployed in a leadership role within the Operations section during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s):Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services & The Salvation Army Incident Command System (ICS)

The Salvation Army - Safety Officer

"Safety first!" is core consideration on any disaster relief operation and this course will examine the role and responsibilities of the Safety Officer on a Salvation Army Incident Management Team (IMT). The class will focus on hazard recognition, corrective active, and incident reporting with a special emphasis on the most common safety hazards on a Salvation Army disaster relief operation.

Who Should Take This Course: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who hope to be deployed within the Safety Officer section during a disaster.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Servicesl, Incident Command System, & ServSafe Food Handler

Trainer Tips and Tricks

EDS courses are designed to be focused on participants and include interaction through discussions, questions, and exercises. This course is designed to provide seasoned trainers with a variety of different tips and tricks to enhance their classroom skills from delivering ice breakers and energizers to practicing ways to engage participants.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone who is currently a trainer for The Salvation Army Disaster Services Department.

Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course.