The NALC Disaster Response Task Force is offering educational workshops to provide training to volunteers in participating congregations, preparing each congregation to form volunteer disaster teams. This disaster preparedness and response training is intended for those interested in learning how the North American Lutheran Church responds to domestic disasters and how congregations and individuals can be part of the team.
Each Mission District assists in the formation of teams and the preparedness training. There will be three training sessions each year, with the first session being coordinated by the South Texas Mission District. It will be held March 22, 2014, at Peace Lutheran Church in Rosenberg, Texas, from 9:00AM–4:00PM. Cost is $50.00 per person and covers both basic and specialized levels of training. Recognized credentials will be provided.
Two levels of training are covered. Level One/Basic provides training in unskilled disaster response for debris removal and basic information on FEMA regulations. Level Two/Specialized offers training in case management, donations management, volunteer team coordination, spiritual and emotional care, and construction estimating. Following Level One training, participants will complete a strengths survey to see which area of specialization they should focus on.
To register for the disaster preparedness training, DOWNLOAD the registration form or call Mary Woodward Bates at 740-509-1132 to register by telephone.
Future trainings are planned for the Ohio Mission District (May 2014) and the Carolinas Mission District (Autumn 2014), with three trainings anticipated each year for 2015 and beyond. Further information will be posted as details are finalized.
For more information, contact Mary Woodward Bates, Disaster Coordinator, at 740-509-1132 or [email protected].