Prepare to Respond: Weather Disaster Training

International Disaster Emergency Services IDES

Event details

  • September 21, 2019
  • 8:00 am
  • New Joy Lutheran Church
  • 317-896-1402

IDES Training

Prepare to Respond: Weather Disaster Training

Saturday, September 21 from 8 am–12 noon

Presented by: International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES)

Open to all Westfield and Hamilton County-area churches, public safety agencies and disaster relief organizations

RSVP: Amber Janes at or call 317-896-1402

Learn the church’s role in different phases of a natural disaster; disaster planning and emergency preparation steps for a variety of natural disasters; specific ways that all church members can help in a disaster response; immediate, short-term and long-term responses; handling goods donations; handling financial donations; volunteer management.

Who should attend “Prepare to Respond” Training:
Full-time and volunteer ministry staff; eldership / leadership; able-bodied people willing to do general labor like chain-sawing, lifting, shoveling at a disaster site; those with a volunteer-spirit willing to hand out or deliver food/water and to staff tables at a Volunteer Reception Center to register people and do other document work; members of local Emergency Management and Fire/EMS, and CERT; representative from the county’s (community emergency response
team) CERT, if one exists, and other area churches (both inside and outside brotherhood) since all disasters are local, and everyone will respond to the disaster.

The Prepare to Respond seminar includes:
Background of IDES and how IDES can help before and after a disaster; a 10-step disaster preparedness plan; the best timing of the volunteer response to the disaster; the basics of managing donated good and monetary donations; the basics of using the church facility as a relief site; where your church’s programs fits in the overall relief efforts; understanding how the “government” and “non-government” organizations mesh together; and understanding the benefits of “affiliated” volunteers with the proper Personal Protective Equipment.

Ed Sanow, IDES Director of Training, 30-year veteran of law enforcement, FEMA-certified as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

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