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2017 Emergency Disaster Services Summit

14805702449_db5aab760f_zIt’s time to announce this spring’s Emergency Disaster Services Summit. The Summit will take place at Camp Mihaska March 9-11.  We look forward to your participation.

Click HERE to register for this year’s summit!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janet Smith, our EDS Secretary, via email or phone at 314-646-3014.  We look forward to seeing you March 9-11!



SERVSAFE FOOD HANDLER (Required if taking Disaster Food Services & Canteen Operations)

This course introduces participants to the basics of safe food handling.  This 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. Re-certification is required every two years.

Who Should Take This Course: All disaster workers involved in food service on canteens.


SKYWARN storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens, who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather, and whose main responsibility is to identify and describe severe local storms. SKYWARN spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, enable the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. This course covers the basics of being a SKYWARN Spotter.

SATERN Communications

This informational workshop will offer insight into the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) program. Discussion topics will include what is SATERN, how to become involved, organizing a local SATERN team, and progressing through the levels of SATERN training.



This informational workshop will provide helpful hints and guidance to assist disaster workers on capturing information while on the scene (through text and pictures) that will be helpful in telling The Salvation Army story to the public.




TRAIN-THE-TRAINER — DAY 1/PART 1 (Participant Registration is by Invitation Only)

This course trains participants to serve as instructors within The Salvation Army’s National Disaster Training Program (NDTP). The course stresses effective teaching techniques and how to facilitate an effective group learning environment. The class includes opportunities for participants to “practice” teach.

Who Should Take This Course: Disaster workers seeking to qualify as a disaster training program instructor.
Prerequisite: Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.


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. 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 the 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: This course is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of canteen operations and disaster food service.  Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army canteen should take this course.
Prerequisite: Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and ServSafe® Basic


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 an active managerial control of critical food borne illness risk factors makes all the difference for a safe operationTo receive credit for this course, participants must independently pass a multiple choice exam which will be delivered on Saturday, March 11th; study books for the class will be sent in advance of the Summit. Registration for this course must be received prior to February 24, 2017.

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.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.  ServSafe® Handler Basic is highly recommended.


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.

Who Should Take This Course: All disaster workers interested in cross training to serve in multiple roles of a disaster operation and mandatory for those interested in serving in a supervisory position within a Salvation Army disaster relief operation.

Prerequisites: Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services


Research validates that the help and support people receive in times of crisis matters. Providing effective emotional and spiritual care to individuals, families, and communities in difficult times is critical and can help promote resiliency and recovery. 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 a practical, compassionate and 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.  This course is one of three pre-requisite courses required to serve as member of an Emotional & Spiritual Care Crisis Response Team.

Who Should Take This Course: Targeted participants will be trained clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, crisis responders, and individuals who desire to enhance their skills in providing SPFA to survivors of loss, disaster, emergency, trauma, and crisis settings.

* Spiritual & Psychological First Aid is a certified CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) training course.

DISASTER SHELTER OPERATIONS (Major Revisions were made to this course in 2016)

During a disaster The Salvation Army may be called upon to open and manage a shelter and house members of a community. Shelter operations can be one of the most challenging aspects of Emergency Disaster Services, but it can also be the most rewarding by providing a safe and pleasant environment for people who leave their homes during and after a disaster.

Who Should Take This Course: Disaster and social workers interested in serving in disaster shelter operations.

Prerequisites: Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and Safe from Harm




“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.
Prerequisites: This course is an advanced level course for those individuals who hope to be deployed within the Safety Officer Section during a disaster.


This course has been developed to provide advanced level training for those interested in serving in the Salvation Army’s Operations Section within the Incident Command System. The course provides participants with an in-depth look at the role of the Operations Chief and the intricacies of the roles and responsibilities of the Operations Section (Mass Feeding, Mass Sheltering, and Disaster Case Management). Participants will also be taught how to use the various tools and forms associated with this role.

Who Should Take This Course: Experienced disaster workers interested in working in the Operations section.
Prerequisites: Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and Incident Command System.

TRAIN-THE-TRAINER — DAY 2/PART 2 (Must have taken Day 1/Part 1 to Receive Full Course Credit)


SERVSAFE MANAGER — DAY 2/PART 2 (Must have taken Day 1/Part 1 to Receive Full Course Credit)

CISM – SPIRITUAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID — DAY 2/PART 2 (Must have taken Day 1/Part 1 to Receive Full Course Credit)