Training will prepare churches, individuals to respond in a disaster


One of the keys to rapid and effective response to a disaster is preparation.

Local churches, districts and individuals have an opportunity to learn how to be prepared for a disaster in our conference or how to offer help in other conferences at the TARP DRIVE Disaster Response Academy and work days scheduled for Sept 10-15.

TARP DRIVE stands for “Training Advancement Response Preparation Disaster Recovery Information Volunteers Education.”

The event, to be held at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman, will offer basic United Methodist Committee on Relief training, early response team (ERT) training and a “train-the-trainer” track. The courses will cover everything from mucking out houses to safely operating chain saws. Experts from a variety of disaster response organizations are expected to be on hand. The courses will be offered Sept. 10-12.

Hands-on Katrina Recovery mission work will be done Sept. 13-15 in the nearby Brookhaven and McComb areas.

Cost of the training is $90, and participation in the mission work days is an additional $90. The deadline for registration has been extended to Aug. 30 or until spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

For more information, call C.J. Caufield, conference disaster response coordinator, at 662-290-0636 or 601-940-7272.