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Salvation Army Seminar trains and certifies more than 100 Disaster Relief Volunteers

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Released 1 July 2007

Instructor Jim Morrow, demonstrates the proper procedure for creating an airway on mock patient, Charles Morrow, for attendees of the Ready, Willing and Able Disaster Training Seminar's Medic First Aid Basic Plus Course.

Salvation Army Seminar trains and certifies  more than 100 Disaster Relief Volunteers

(Baltimore, June 25, 2007)  After two days of interactive and intensive training cosponsored by Baltimore Volunteer Central, The Salvation Army Ready, Willing and Able Disaster Seminar, held June 22-23rd at Loyola College's Graduate Center (Timonium, MD), helped over 100 Baltimore Area Residents become fully trained and certified in various aspects of Emergency Disaster Relief.

The workshops, instructed by members of The Salvation Army's Territorial Disaster Relief Team, varied from Disaster Food Services and Medic First Aid Basic Plus to Emotional and Spiritual Care in a Disaster, and attendees received certifications from each course attended including ServSafe and CPR/First Aid.

Over the course of the two days, participants were provided an overview of the history and current services provided by The Salvation Army in the event of a disaster, which include Emergency Food Services, Shelter, Clean-up and Reconstruction, Grief Counseling and Case Management among other services.  Everyone was free to select their preferred course of study and advised that they were under no obligation to join The Salvation Army's Disaster Emergency Relief Team (DERT), if they don't so choose.

"While our goal is to have a readied and qualified group of local volunteers on standby in the event a natural or man-made disaster affects the Greater Baltimore Area," Explains Major Gary Haupt, The Salvation Army's Greater Baltimore Area Commander, "this seminar was also designed to ensure that each of our guests left with an increased awareness of the needs and services of The Salvation Army during a disaster, and knowledge of the tools needed to better prepare themselves, their homes and their families for an impending disaster."

The Salvation Army Disaster Emergency Relief Team is stilling seeking willing volunteers 18 years of age or older.  Volunteers will be trained, and The Salvation Army welcomes any unique or individual talents that can be offered as well.

"We plan to continue to offer this seminar annually with a focus on both training new Disaster Volunteers, and advancing the expertise of our current team.

To register as a DERT volunteer, or to volunteer for any other Salvation Army program or service, call 410-783-2920, or visit http://www.tsabaltimore.org/.


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