Salvation Army offers emergency training

The Salvation Army of Oswego County will be offering free training classes in emergency preparedness and disaster response on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14.

“Introduction to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services” will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and “The Salvation Army Incident Command System” will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Both classes will be held at the Oswego County Salvation Army, 73 W. Second St.,  Oswego.

The Introduction to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is the base training course for volunteers interested in becoming a volunteer for the Oswego County Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

The course offers a basic understanding of how The Salvation Army responds to disasters at both the local and national level.

Topics include the different phases of disaster response, how you can respond in your community and how to care for yourself and others in a crisis.

The intro course is a prerequisite for advanced disaster training in the Incident Command System, Food Service and Food Safety, First Aid/CPR, Emotional and Spiritual Care, plus additional specialized courses.

This introductory class provides participants with an overview of the Army’s mission and its role within disaster work. The course also covers teaching volunteers how to prepare and equip themselves for a disaster deployment with The Salvation Army.

“During last month’s flooding in the Penn Yan area, our trained volunteers were able to assist in providing food, drinks and clean up supplies to help survivors,” said Stephanie Nicklas, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Empire State Division.

The second class, “Incident Command System,” gives a general orientation to Incident Command within the Army and explains how the system is used to command, control and coordinate disaster relief operations.

Incident Command is a standardized incident-management response used by all levels of government. It makes possible a coordinated response among government jurisdictions and non-profit agencies in an emergency. It covers the coordination of equipment, personnel, facilities and communication.

Participants in the “Incident Command System” course must have completed the introduction class on Friday evening.

The classes are free and open to anyone who registers in advance. Materials will be provided. Refreshments will be provided for both sessions along with lunch on Saturday.

To register for both courses, log onto to disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/?classes or contact the Oswego County Salvation Army at 343-6491.

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