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The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command Offers Free Emergency Disaster Training Courses

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Released 19 March 2012

Contact: Vicki Hastings
Public Relations Coordinator

The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command Offers Free Emergency Disaster Training Courses 

The best time to prepare for the next disaster is now!

Orlando, FL (March 19, 2012) - Help us help the world.  Become a trained disaster volunteer with The Salvation Army.  The perfect time to volunteer for The Salvation Army is not when a disaster strikes.  Not when a crisis arises.  The perfect time is now, when you can get the training you really need.  So when disasters do strike and crises arise, you'll be fully prepared to do the most good.  The Salvation Army will host free emergency disaster training classes for volunteers who are interested in joining The Salvation Army team. 


Location:           Catherine Booth Towers Multi-Purpose Room
                        625 Lake Dot Circle, Orlando, FL 32811


Date:                Friday, March 30th - "Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services"

                        Topics will include -local and national response

                                                    -phases of disaster response

                                                    -how you can respond in your community and at a                                                           -larger scale event

                                                    -how to care for yourself and others in crisis

                        *This course is a prerequisite to all other disaster training courses

       Saturday, March 31st - "Disaster Food Services"
The cornerstone of The Salvation Army's disaster program is mass feeding.  This course prepares participants to serve on a Salvation Army mobile kitchen and introduces them to the essentials of safe and sanitary food preparation.  This course incorporates ServSafe® food safety standards.  Complementary lunch will be served.


Time:                Friday-5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

                        Saturday-9:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.


Those completing the courses will receive a National Disaster Training Program (NDTP) certificate upon completion.  Salvation Army disaster training is free, but due to space limitations, all participants should register in advance. To register, e-mail or call 407.423.8581 ext. 215.  For more information on becoming a disaster volunteer visit and click on the "Join our Team" button on the right of the screen.



About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 84 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


Funding, in part, provided by the Heart of Florida United Way, the City or Orlando, and Orange County.

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