EDS Conference Workshops

Thursday, April 21

Session 1
9:45 AM to 10:45 AM

Starting from Scratch: Building a Local Program from the Ground Up

One of most valuable fundraising tools in the community is a strong local disaster program. Effective management and utilization of volunteers and staff to actively engage in community outreach will help fund The Salvation Army for generations to come. This workshop will provide guidance, as well as new concepts, on developing a local disaster program that serves disaster survivors and enhances local resource development.
Presenter: Kevin Smith (Florida Division)


Extreme Stress in the Workplace

The initial idea for the workshop was created in consultation with an airport management group with concerns for the stressful situations experienced at an airport.  From those discussions, a course was developed to help employees understand what stress and burnout are, to provide tools for dealing with stressful situations and provide both self-care and peer to peer techniques for those in stressful work environments.  This workshop will provide an overview of the course, with a discussion of some of the basic concepts as well as an understanding of application and potential use for this material.
Presenter: Mike Orfitelli (USA Eastern), Chris Farrand (Massachusetts Division)


Beyond Response & Recovery: Integrating EDS into Everyday Salvation Army Ministry

How do we change or improve the perception that our EDS ministry is something much more than what occurs when there is a disaster?  This workshop will provide ideas and engage participants in sharing best practices to help integrate EDS into everyday Salvation Army ministries.
Presenters: Jenni Ragland (Alaska Division), Shaun Jones (Northwest Division)


Operating Within the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC)

The National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) is a multiagency center maintained by FEMA as a functional component of the National Operation Center (NOC) in support of incident operations that provides overall Federal support coordination for major disasters and emergencies.

FEMA works closely with voluntary organizations, like The Salvation Army, to provide support to national incidents. The Salvation Army staff serves in the NRCC to share information, coordinate the movement of resources, and provide disaster assistance to survivors. This workshop will discuss NRCC’s activities; how The Salvation Army helps support operations; and the future plans for engaging voluntary organizations in the NRCC operations.
Presenter: TBD

Right Products to the Right People at the Right Time

Good360's DisasterRecovery360 online platform and mobile application was launched to help solve the long-standing challenge where up to 60% of donated goods end up in landfills in times of disaster. The platform is focused on ensuring that the right goods get to the right people at the right time following a disaster and until the impacted communities have recovered. This session will include a demonstration and training of DisasterRecovery360, its current features, and when and where it can be utilized by nonprofits active in disaster.  To learn more about DisasterRecovery360 please visit:  https://catalog.good360.org/disaster-recovery-360/
Presenter:  Mr. Shabab Gruberg, President & CEO, Good 360

Session 2
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Conducting Sound Crisis and Emergency Ministry

Participants of this workshop will learn the basic types of crisis ministry.  Actual real-world examples of each ministry strategy will be given and discussed focusing on lessons that can be learned from each. This type of ministry should be carried out at all emergency or disaster scenes, and is often quite different from other forms of ministry based on the audience and the context in which it is being carried out.  Guidelines will be supplied to participants on when to employ particular ministry strategies.   Those involved in the workshop will also be given a checklist to use for immediate situational and contextual assessments.
Presenter: Dr. Thad Hicks, Ohio Christian University


"Emergency Communications:  Satellites, Radios and Phones, Oh My!” 

In the 21st Century, everyone, including The Salvation Army, relies heavily on the communications infrastructure - telephones, cell phones, email, and the internet.  However, all forms of communications are susceptible to disruption - especially during disasters.  This workshop will present how to plan and prepare for a communications disruption using several different types of alternative, redundant communications methods.
Presenter: William H. Feist III, WB8BZH (Alabama–Louisiana and Mississippi Division)


Real-Life Lessons from the EOC and the Mass Care Task Force

EOC operations are very different from state to state. This workshop will share some best practices and lessons learned from a Liaison’s perspective. Participants will discuss the pros and cons of the Mass Care Task Forces and compare how this can either help or hinder your operations.
Presenter: Kathy Clark (Texas Division)


Why Should You Care About MARCS?

A Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) is a collaborative “one-stop assistance shop” for disaster survivors where disaster assistance agencies and resources are all under one roof.  This workshop will discuss the MARC concept and highlight some best practices in planning and implementation.
Presenter: Monica Montoya, American Red Cross, Gwen Johnson, Catholic Charities


USDA FNS Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

As part of the National Response Framework, FNS provides nutrition assistance to those most affected by a disaster or emergency.  When State agencies notify USDA of the types and quantities of food that relief organizations need for emergency feeding operations, FNS supplies food to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army for mass feeding or household distribution.  FNS also authorizes States to provide D-SNAP benefits.

This workshop will share how the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates with State, local and voluntary organizations to:

  • Provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites.
  • Distribute food packages directly to households in need in limited situations.
  • Issue Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.

Presenter: TBD