Mississippi Gulf Coast Disaster Training Program


20131128_085259Trained volunteers are effective volunteers. During a disaster, The Salvation Army relies upon trained disaster workers to coordinate emergency relief operations and deliver fast, efficient service to disaster survivors. The Salvation Army’s disaster training program includes courses developed by The Salvation Army and training certified by other partner organizations whose technical expertise is nationally recognized in a given field.

Throughout the year, we offer training on volunteering during a disaster. If you are interested in volunteering during a disaster, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 228-207-2303 or zach_rhodes@uss.salvationarmy.org.


Classes Offered:

Intro to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services –
This course is the base training course for volunteers interested in becoming a volunteer for the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services. It is designed for new disaster workers and 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. This course is required for volunteers who would like to help The Salvation Army after a disaster.

Canteen Operations Course –
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. These units, affectionately referred to as “canteens” are the cornerstone of The Salvation Army’s disaster program. This course looks at Canteen Operations from start to finish – from the various canteen models to food service delivery strategies, from major canteen system, like water, propane, and electrical to maintenance, and menu planning to crew development. This course is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of operating a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit on a disaster. Anyone interested in food service delivery or serving on a Salvation Army canteen should take this course.