Up Coming Training Events

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Mercy in Action Disaster Resources is
taking training requests for 2019.
Please contact us to schedule your training event.

LERT Training
2018
+Holy Lamb Lutheran
  Church, Myrtle Beach, SC
+Woodbury Lutheran
  Church, Woodbury, MN
+Hope Lutheran, Wake
  Forest, NC
+Messiah Lutheran Church -
  Hispanic, Tampa, FL
+St. Paul Lutheran Church,
  Weston, FL

2017
+Christ the King Lutheran
  Church, Largo, FL
+Shepherd of the Coast
  Lutheran Church, Palm
  Coast, FL
+Messiah Lutheran Church,
  Tampa, FL

2016
+Eternal Shepherd Lutheran
  Church, Seneca, SC
​+Christ the Redeemer
  Lutheran Church, Tulsa, OK

Chainsaw Training
2018
+Holy Lamb Lutheran
​  Church, Myrtle Beach, SC
Hope Lutheran Church,
  Wake Forest, NC

2017
+Messiah Lutheran Church,
  Tampa, FL
+Hillsborough County
  Sheriff's Office, Tampa, FL

2016
+Eternal Shepherd Lutheran
  Church, Seneca, SC
+Hillsborough County
  Sheriff's Office, Tampa, FL

2015 and Earlier
+Hillsborough County
  Sheriff's Office, Tampa, FL
+Messiah Lutheran Church,
  Tampa, FL
+Zion Lutheran Church,
  Ft. Myers, FL

​​LERT Training
November 10, 2018
Calvary Lutheran Church
Jacksonville, NC
Contact: Joel Mathews @ (813) 215-8098
[email protected]

Chainsaw - Operator
December 11, 2018
To Be Determined

Contact: Joel Mathews @ (813) 215-8098
[email protected]

Chainsaw
Information

​​LERT Training
??, 2019
Your Lutheran Church
Your City
Contact: Joel Mathews @ (813) 215-8098
[email protected]

Muck-Out Training
2018
+Holy Lamb Lutheran
  Church, Myrtle Beach, SC

2016
+Messiah Lutheran Church
  Tampa, FL

Notice of Training Price Increase.
Due to increased expenses to provide training we have to raise our prices to try to cover our costs.
Effective January 1, 2019
Church Disaster Response Training Pricing (per person):
LERT - $35 (no increase)
Chainsaw Operator - $30 (average training for other providers is $100)
Chainsaw Team Member - $20
Chainsaw Advanced Opertor - $50
Muck-Out - $20

Non-Church Disaster Response Training - Contact us.

Package pricing available.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Mercy in Action Disasters Resources is able to travel to meet your training needs.

Training Opportunities

  1. LERT Training
    Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) – basic disaster response training that all volunteers must receive to work in a disaster area. Includes: understanding disasters and disaster response, response behavior and working with others, types of response, congregation preparedness, how you can minister to others by putting your faith into action. Each participant will receive nationally recognized credentials, LERT manual, and LERT vest. NOTE: All volunteers must receive this training, it is a prerequisite for additional training.
  2. Chainsaw Safety and Use
    Chainsaw safety and use – basic certification and chainsaw safety and use for those who operate a chainsaw and non-operator team members. Includes: safe operation and practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), chainsaw physics, tree dynamics, and maintenance. Advanced training includes cutting and felling techniques and pole saw use. Team members attend only the classroom portion. Operators must attend both classroom and hands-on training to be certified. NOTE: Any volunteer who operates a chainsaw must be certified. The Operator class is a hands-on class in which participants will operate a chainsaw under the direction of the instructor.
  3. Muck-Out (Flood Cleanup)
    Mucking – how to safely and effectively clean up a house after a flood to mitigate and remediate mold and damage. Includes: safe practices, procedures, understanding water and its effects, health issues, personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment, and limitations.
  4. Tarp and Patch*
    Tarp and patch* – how to tarp or patch a roof to mitigate water damage until a more permanent solution is reached. Includes: safe practices, equipment, and techniques.
  5. Damage Assessment*
    Following a disaster event a general assessment of damage needs to be done to help determine your church's response. Home owners also will be requesting assistance and need their property assessed to determine if we can assist them, what type of team and equipment is needed, and to get a "Home Owner's Request for Volunteer Assistance" form signed. Damage assessment training enables a church to quickly respond to meet the needs of their members and community.
  6. Flood Buckets & Disaster Trailers
    Flood buckets* – how to compile and assemble a compact disaster cleanup system for use by those impacted by disasters. Disaster Trailers* - how to select, design, and build out a trailer that fits your disaster ministry team's needs.
  7. NIMS/Incident Command System
    National Incident Management System (NIMS) / Incident Command System (ICS) – the event management system used by governmental and non-governmental organizations and agencies working at disasters. Disaster volunteer managers need to have an understanding of NIMS/ICS to effectively operate in this arena. Basic NIMS/ICS training may be done online at www.training.FEMA.gov , or can be done in a classroom setting. Basic ICS training includes: IS-700 National Incident Management System IS-100 Introduction to ICS IS-200 ICS for Initial Action Incidents Classroom only training for Disaster Response Managers: IS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  8. Local Disaster Coordination
    A disaster event needs to have someone who can manage the church's (and District's) response. It should not fall upon the local pastor to do this (Acts 6). This workshop helps train specifically chosen individuals to coordinate the local response. Topics include: - Establishing a base of operations - Volunteer management - Damage assessment - Legal forms - Reporting and documentation - Working with other government and NGO response partners - Working with LCMS Disaster Response, the District Disaster Coordinator, and others - Using Crisis Cleanup and other sources
  9. Disaster Response Planning
    "Failing to plan is planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin A written plan provides initial guidance and direction. Waiting until a disaster or emergency event occurs is too late to try and figure out how to respond appropriately. This planning process guides churches and Districts in assessing needs, determining priorities, establishing goals and objectives, determining plans, and determining resource needs.
* Short training topics that can be combined into a single training event or coupled with longer topics.
For questions or to schedual a training in your area, please contact:
Joel Mathews at (813) 215-8098 or send an email to:  [email protected]