TRAININGS AND REGISTRATIONS


INTRO TO DISASTER RESPONSE

Wildfires: How to Help with A Disaster Response

Are you interested in learning more about how to participate in responding to a disaster, such as the current wildfires?  Curious about the process and what the United Methodist Church does?  Want to learn about what is involved? 

This new seminar provides an introduction to disaster response and what the options are for you and/or your congregation.  In particular, we will address how we handle wildfires.  It will be a one-hour online session on Tuesday evening, August 24th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  This session will be hosted by Steve Elliott, UMVIM Coordinator for the California-Nevada Conference.

There is no cost, but preregistration is required to receive the Zoom link. 

For more information or questions, contact Steve at UMVIMCoordinator@calnevumc.org

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August 24, 2021 6:30pm - 7:30pm Zoom REGISTER Free

UMCOR: EARLY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING

The Mission of an Early Response Team (ERT) is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster.

ERTs typically provide assistance after the “first responders” and before recovery and rebuilding. ERTs are assigned various tasks; usually relating to safety, mitigation of further damage to property, and cleanup tasks to assist the homeowner in preparation for rebuild. ERTs also sometimes serve in Local Assistance Centers providing comfort and items such as wildfire buckets to survivors. Always being the Caring Presence!

For more information or questions, contact Leslie Carmichael at leslie@carmlee.net

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September 25, 2021 8:00am - 5:00pm First UMC Sacramento REGISTER $20

UMVIM TEAM LEADER TRAINING

The Mission Volunteer Team Leader training teaches you how to create and lead small groups of volunteers, create hands-on ministry projects, facilitate a powerful spiritual journey and host team projects that transform individuals and make a difference. Leader training covers all aspects of identifying, planning, and completing a mission project.  The one day class is led by trained staff and covers such topics as project logistics, team safety, administrative forms, fundraising, group travel, spiritual leadership, and volunteer recruiting.

Training includes: Mission handbook, and UMVIM Team Leader manual.

If you are interested in hosting an UMVIM training, contact Shari Sandoval at umvim@calnevumc.org.

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HOSTING VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers play a critical role in any disaster recovery effort. The local church and community can provide hospitality and meaningful service by hosting volunteers in disaster response and recovery efforts. Participants learn how to manage volunteers so those volunteers can contribute effectively and find great personal rewards through their work. This workshop will help prepare you for providing volunteer housing, food, transportation, recreation, and affirmation.

For more information, please contact Sonja Edd-Bennett at sonjaeb@calnevumc.org.


INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH DISASTER PLANNING CLASS

The Introduction to Church Disaster Planning provides an opportunity for church members to learn the basic steps to prepare a church disaster plan. The class prepares you for the more extensive two day follow up class at your church, the UMCOR Connecting Neighbors Program. Learn how to lead your church through the process in creating the actual plan to preserve your church in a disaster. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Put your church in charge of your own response.


CONNECTING NEIGHBORS VIRTUAL ONLINE TRAINING

 

This is a Connecting Neighbors Virtual Online Training designed to teach conference representatives how to help local churches develop a disaster ministry. Churches can better provide a caring Christian response to local disasters if they have prepared their church families and facility before disaster occurs. Connecting Neighbors addresses the faith community's responsibility in disaster readiness and response and suggests tools to meet individual and community needs. In this training you will be taught how to present the Connecting Neighbors program, how to connect the church to outside resources and to the community’s emergency plans; where the church fits in and how the church can help the community at large.

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CHILDREN'S DISASTER SERVICES WORKSHOP

Children's Disaster Services and its trained and certified volunteers provide care for children and families following disasters. The 27-hour overnight workshops provide required training for volunteers who wish to serve in the program. Anyone 18 or over is welcome to attend this 2-day training (27 hours) and become a certified CDS caregiver. References and background checks are also required for certification. Once caregivers complete certification, all expenses are paid for disaster responses.

The training is an overnight experience, simulating a shelter situation, and includes an overview of our work, understanding phases of disaster and how we fit in, working with disaster partners, children and family needs following disaster, supporting resilience in children,  setting up a children's center with a Kit of Comfort, ethical guidelines, and the certification process.

Registration can be found online at our website. If you or others have questions about these training events, please email cds@brethren.org or call 1-800-451-4407.