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Disaster Relief and Emergency Response

When a natural disaster or sudden catastrophe causes social and personal chaos, The Salvation Army moves into action - often minutes after the tragedy has occurred - to meet the needs of the survivors.

The Army's first priority is to meet the immediate needs of any survivor or relief worker at the disaster scene without discrimination by supplying food, shelter and grief counseling.

The Salvation Army self-contained mobile feeding units are a familiar sight on the scene of any disaster. These "canteens," which resemble food trucks, are equipped with all the conveniences of a modern-day kitchen and are operated by trained volunteers. They are an important food source for victims and relief workers at the height of an emergency. They can serve about 2,000 people a day from a single unit.

 

UPCOMING TRAINING

April 11, 2015

Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Pasadena Corps, 2732 Cherry Brook Ln., Pasadena, TX 77502

To register, click here

Course Description: This course is designed for new disaster workers who have limited disaster experience and who have just begun their association with The Salvation Army's emergency disaster services program. The course provides participants with an overview of The Salvation Army's mission and its role within disaster work. Participants will also be taught how to prepare and equip themselves for a disaster deployment.


April 11, 2015

ServSafe Handler (Food Handler Course)

1 - 5 p.m.

Pasadena Corps, 2732 Cherry Brook Ln., Pasadena, TX 77502

To register, click here.

Course Description: This course introduces participants to the basics of safe food handling. The course explains how food can become unsafe through time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination, and improper cleaning and sanitizing, and the importance good personal hygiene plays in limiting the spread of bacteria and other dangerous pathogens.


April 24, 2015

ServSafe Handler (Food Handler Course)

5 - 9 p.m.

Northwest Corps, 12507 Windfern Rd., Houston, TX, 77064

To register, click here.

Course Description: This course introduces participants to the basics of safe food handling. The course explains how food can become unsafe through time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination, and improper cleaning and sanitizing, and the importance good personal hygiene plays in limiting the spread of bacteria and other dangerous pathogens.

 


April 25, 2015

Disaster Food Service & Canteen Operations

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Northwest Corps, 12507 Windfern Rd., Houston, TX 77064

To register, click here.

Prerequisite: Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
Prerequisite: ServSafe Handler (5th Edition)

Course Description: During a disaster, the first gesture of comfort The Salvation Army offers is often a cold drink and a hot meal from one of its mobile feeding units. The Disaster Food Service & Canteen Operations course is designed as the starting point for any disaster worker who wishes to be a part disaster food service operations. Participants who complete the course will learn about the different types of Salvation Army food service equipment, the essentials of building a food service team, canteen operations and maintenance, and the basics of menu planning.

 

For more information about The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

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