MS Disaster Academy
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM to Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM

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Mississippi Disaster Academy - March 23-24, 2018 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Registration will begin at 8am with the class starting at 8:30 a.m.
Brandon First United Methodist Church, 205 Mary Ann Dr, Brandon, MS 39042

If you are driving in for the meeting the day prior and need overnight accommodations for Friday and/or Saturday night, email James Mason at for local hotel options.

The Friday classes are specifically for current ERT badge holders who are certified and previously completed the Early Response Team training course as well as District Superintendents and District Disaster Response Coordinators. The Saturday training offerings are open and appropriate to both previously trained individuals as well as individuals who have never attended any ERT training.

$20 per day registration fee includes materials and food. A discounted two-day rate of $30 is available for attendees who register for both days.  For CEU credit, participants will need to attend all classes on either Friday and/or Saturday.

To register online click here.

Class offerings will include:

How do the Bishop and Cabinet respond in event of emergency? What is the role of the conference Disaster Response Coordinator and the Disaster Response Committee? What can UMCOR do to help? This session is designed to address these questions and more in order to
support the Bishop and Extended Cabinet in their roles in disaster response and recovery. Attendees will have prepared for the session by reviewing the conference's existing disaster response plan.
Build your conference capacity for disaster ministry by engaging district disaster coordinators. Explore their role and function as part of the over-all Incident Coordination Strategy. Discover how the district coordinators and the district offices are mutually supportive of local churches
and the conference in disaster response. This session is ideally suited for conference and district coordinators, and district superintendents.
RECOVERY: Transitioning from relief to recovery Transitioning from relief to recovery can be daunting, particularly as roles evolve and resources ebb and flow. Participants will explore similarities and differences between relief and recovery, identify ways to provide leadership in developing recovery coalitions, and ways to resource recovery of individuals and families.
Disaster emotional and spiritual care is a versatile ministry that can be helpful in all phases of disaster and in context of varying roles . From times of peace, through the chaos of disaster response, and the seemingly long road to recovery, this session provides an overview of the
ministry of presence with an emphasis on listening as a vehicle for healing, reactions to traumatic stress, the importance of self-care, and a brief introduction to Care Teams.
ERT 200: Cleaning up flooded homes Cleaning Out Flooded Homes , more commonly referred to as "mucking out", will talk about current best practices and safety procedures for cleaning out, stabilizing and sanitizing water damaged homes.
ERT 200: Site Assessment
Site Assessment class is designed for both team leader and logistics persons. This class explores ways to evaluate a site for safety and suitability for an ERT. ERT site assessment specialty teams could be very helpful in the earliest days after an event to set the way for other teams to come. (This class is not designed for use in rebuilding or repairing.)
Why engage in disaster ministry? What are the phases of disaster? Who are the players? What are the functions and opportunities for volunteers? Where do the resources come from? What are our mission and values? We will address these questions and more! This session is the foundational training that grounds all of our efforts in disaster ministry.
This workshop will identify opportunities for strengthening your conference disaster response capabilities. Participants will exchange baseline and best practices for early response coordination and communication strategies, training plans, disaster plans and ways to generate cabinet and conference committee support for disaster ministries.
THE ROLE OF LOCAL UNITED METHODISTS AND CHURCHES IN DISASTER MINISTRIES: Strategies for when a disaster strikes your community.  This inter-active workshop will identify opportunities for local Methodists and United Methodist Churches to spread the gospel through local ownership/engagement in disaster as we participate Together with God in the restoration of life and community. Participants will discover specific ways each participating local church can get involved.