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American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area
1100 River Drive
P.O. Box 888
Moline, Illinois
61266-0888

Phone: (309) 743-2166

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DISASTER SERVICES TRAININGS

Course Descriptions
Upcoming Classes (see course descriptions below for more information on specific classes)

Mass Care: An Overview
February 19, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action
February 23, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Shelter Operations & Shelter Simulation
March 3, 2009 (Shelter Operations)
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
March 5, 2009 (Shelter Simulation)
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Humanity in the Midst of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
March 19, 2009
8:00 a.m. - noon
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Disaster Assessment: An Overview
March 19, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Psychological First Aid
April 4, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance
April 21 AND April 23
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. both days
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Principles of Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Casework
April 30 - May 1, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Humanity in the Midst of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
May 19, 2009
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Course Descriptions: The following classes are offered at the American Red Cross.  Please refer to the training catalog above to find out when these classes are offered and how to sign up:

Introduction to Disaster Services - This online course will introduce you to American Red Cross Disaster Services and show you how your support is critical to our mission. Visit this link to take the course: http://www.redcross.org/flash/course01_v01/    
If you do not have internet access, please come to our chapter office to use a computer.

Humanity in the Midst of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law - This course is intended to raise awareness among Red Cross representatives and general audiences about the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of international humanitarian law, and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict to implement IHL.  Through a hands-on approach utilizing group activities, class discussion and multiple audiovisual aids, this course invites participants to reflect on their images and perceptions of armed conflict and explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity even in the midst of the excesses of war.

Client Assistance System (CAS) - This course introduces you to the online database that houses all Red Cross client assistance information.  All client caseworkers need to be familiar with CAS.

Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance – Trains Red Cross caseworkers on how to conduct effective client interviews and provide appropriate assistance to help meet a client’s immediate disaster-caused or disaster-aggravated needs.
Prerequisite
– Fulfilling Our Mission.

Collaborating to Ensure Effective Service Delivery – Participants will gain an understanding of what a liaison is and what they do in building collaboration with diverse internal and external stakeholders and how this translates into increased trust, appreciation, and goodwill toward the American Red Cross.
Prerequisite
– Fulfilling Our Mission. 

Community Services Overview (Mass Care) – Participants will learn the activities performed by the Mass Care group in support of a disaster relief operation.  

Disaster Assessment: An Overview - Introduces the critical role of disaster assessment, explore related preparedness tasks, learn how to collect and communicate disaster assessment information, and become familiar with how disaster assessment information supports management and service delivery decisions.

Disaster Kitchen Training – Purpose of this course is to prepare volunteers to work at a kitchen site and prepare large numbers of meals for those affected by a disaster. Prerequisites – Fulfilling Our Mission; Community Services Overview. 

Disaster Mental Health: An Overview – Introduces participants to ways Disaster Mental Health supports relief workers and people affected by disasters. This course is designed for people primarily outside the mental health field.  

Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command Liaison – Prepares Red Cross volunteers and employees who will be assigned to government and emergency settings to work collaboratively with Red Cross partners, helping to ensure a coordinated response that results in effective service delivery. Prerequisites – Collaborating to Ensure Effective Service Delivery; Sufficient operations knowledge. 

ERV: Ready, Set, Roll – Prepares you to operate an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and its equipment safely and effectively to meet feeding and other service needs of people affected by disaster.
Prerequisites
– Community Services Overview; Valid driver’s license; Clean driving record; at least 21 years old. 

Foundations of Disaster Mental Health – Prepares licensed mental health professionals to provide for and respond to the psychological needs of people across the continuum of disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
Prerequisite
– State licensure. 

Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action – Introduces potential disaster volunteers and others to the role of the Red Cross in the community’s actions in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters. 

Fundamentals of Disaster Assessment – This two part course introduces the critical role of Disaster Assessment, explores related preparedness tasks, and teaches how to collect and communicate disaster assessment information. Part One is an online component taken through the Learning Management System (LMS), contact the Quad City chapter for information. Part two is instructor-led.  

Health Services Response Workshop – Designed to orient licensed or certified health professionals to the roles and responsibilities of a Health Services Associate when working on behalf of the American Red Cross to meet the disaster-related health needs of clients. Prerequisite – Fulfilling Our Mission. 

Logistics: An Overview – Provides basic information about the processes of the Material Support Services activities in support of an American Red Cross disaster relief operation.  

Logistics Simulation – Provides participants an opportunity to practice their knowledge and skills needed to run a successful logistical operation in their local chapter.
Prerequisites
– Fulfilling Our Mission; Logistics Overview.

Logistics During a Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Incident – Provides Material Support Services staff with the knowledge, skills and abilities that enables them to prepare for and support Red Cross services following a WMD/T incident within their chapter’s jurisdiction.  

Mass Casualty Disasters – Prepares participants to be able to provide a more effective initial response to a mass casualty disaster.
Prerequisite
– Fulfilling Our Mission. 

Principles of Service to the Armed Forces Casework - This new two-day course will reinforce the process and policies of SAF casework.  This is an intermediate level course and not for beginner caseworkers.  Class size limited to 14 participants.
Prerequisite - Requires prior approval from Assistant Director of Emergency Services

Psychological First Aid – Prepares participants to provide basic care, comfort and support to people who are experiencing disaster-related stress. 

Public Affairs in Disaster 1 – Purpose of this course is to assist Red Cross and volunteer staff in working with the Public Affairs function on a local disaster relief operation and to initiate the PA function on a State or Major disaster operation.
Prerequisite
– Introduction to Disaster Services.

Serving People with Disabilities Following a Disaster – Course consists of two components, an online section and instructor led section. This course outlines American Red Cross policies and practices as they pertain to providing services to people with disabilities following a disaster.
Prerequisite
– Fulfilling Our Mission; Online component is required prior to in-class component. 

Shelter Operations – Prepares employees and volunteers of the Red Cross to manage shelter operations effectively and sensitively as a team while meeting the needs of people displaced as a result of a disaster.
Prerequisite
– Community Services Overview.

Shelter Simulation – Provides participants with an opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities required to operate a successful shelter.
Prerequisite
– Community Services Overview; Shelter Operations.  

Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism: An Overview – Provides basic information about the issues and safety concerns related to responding to a disaster incident in an environment involving WMD/T.

For more information about these classes, or to sign up for a class, please call Scott at 309-743-2166 ext. 207 or email vandewoestynes@usa.redcross.org.

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