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2018 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 8-10.  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 8-10!



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.

TELLING THE SALVATION ARMY EDS STORY (through Social Media & Smartphone Photography)

This workshop will share how pictures and video are powerful tools for conveying the impact of The Salvation Army’s work, particularly during times of disaster. Fortunately, modern technology — in the form of your favorite smart phone and social media — gives just about everyone the ability to quickly and easily photograph the magnitude of a disaster event and capture how The Salvation Army is helping.


This course is offered to train disaster volunteers to safely operate utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs), which are motorized off-highway vehicles. UTVs are used in Salvation Army EDS responses in a variety of capacities from delivery of meals to disaster survivors, first responders and search & rescue workers to the transportation of equipment and supplies needed for disaster site restoration. Operators will learn the necessary skills and abilities in controls, service, handling, loading, unloading, and operation required over local terrain.

Who Should Take This Course: Individuals involved in canteen feeding operations and flood water pumping of residential buildings and reconstruction.

Prerequisites: Anyone who is or is in the process of becoming an “approved” Salvation Army Driver.




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 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


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, filing 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: Intro to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster 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 learn five essential steps to setting up a disaster social services program and apply that knowledge in a table-top exercise that simulates setting up a Salvation Army Disaster Assistance Center (DAC). The course will conclude with an introduction to long-term recovery and an exercise that simulates participation in a long-term recovery / unmet needs committee.

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 Emergency Disaster Services and Emergency Assistance in Disaster Operations.


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 within 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).


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 for corps and service extension unit volunteers serving as a Liaison Officer on a Salvation Army disaster operation.

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



CISM – GROUP CRISIS INTERVENTION* – TWO DAY COURSE  (1st Time Offered)   Class Size Limited to 30 Individuals

Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusing and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed. This course is one of three pre-requisite courses required to serve as member of an Emotional & Spiritual Care Crisis Response Team.

Program Highlights: Relevant research findings Ÿ Relevant recommendations for practice Ÿ Incident assessment Ÿ Strategic intervention planning Ÿ“Resistance, resilience, recovery” continuum Ÿ Large group crisis interventions Ÿ Small group crisis interventions Ÿ Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention Ÿ Reducing risks Ÿ Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

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.

SERVSAFE MANAGER — TWO DAY COURSE (Certification from this course is valid for 5 years) Class Size Limited to 24 Individuals

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 10th; study books for the class will be sent in advance of the Summit. Registration for this course must be received prior to February 23, 2018. If you require special accommodations or assistance in taking the exam, please note so in advance on the Course Registration Form.

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