Mark Hann, Mountain View Conference ACS/DR director, and John Belliveau, a member of Chesapeake Conference's Disaster Response Team, teach participants how to run an Emergency Collection Center.
On the weekend of November 12-13, the Chesapeake and Mountain View Conferences held a Disaster Preparedness Training at the Martinsburg (W.Va.) church. About 30 of the attendees, representing eight congregations, were from Chesapeake Conference churches.
The training began with personal, family, and church preparedness topics. Individuals and churches that are prepared will have more time to focus on those who have greater needs, says John Belliveau, a member of the Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md., who serves on the conference’s Disaster Relief team. “We discussed the different types of preparedness kits, the contents, kit maintenance, and ways to get started immediately,” he said.
Attendees discussed ways families can prepare, including emergency plans, contact lists, and considerations for those with pets or medical needs. And, they learned how to collect donations for a disaster as well as the best practices and processes for the distribution of donated goods.
The interactive training included lively discussion, cell phone quizzes, and a collection center hands-on exercise that allowed participants to put their knowledge to work.
Photos by William Vargas