The Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief conduct joint training exercises

Jun 14, 2023 | by Brad Rowland

The Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief conduct joint training exercises

Recognizing the increasing importance of emergency response efforts after disasters strike, The Salvation Army and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief of Texas and Florida recently conducted joint training exercises in Dallas and Tampa. These comprehensive, simulation-based training exercises took place from June 12-14 to educate Salvation Army disaster professionals on how to set up, maintain, and demobilize specialized equipment used to establish modular centers of operation during a disaster response.

These simulations trained more than 40 disaster professionals to deploy bunkhouses, trailers, forts, and command posts that are crucial to ensure response and support efforts in times of need. The events were also used to test Salvation Army equipment, ensuring it is ready for use at a moment's notice and for as long as it is needed.

During the exercises, disaster relief personnel were trained on how to use the Starlink connectivity system to broadcast information and images from the ground after a disaster hits. The Salvation Army's EDS team is dedicated to continually improving its response and communication strategies during emergency situations and is leading relief groups in evolving the way information is disseminated during disasters.

"Simulation exercises play a vital role in our ability to be on the front lines with immediate response and recovery plans unique to affected communities," said Jeff Jellets, EDS director for The Salvation Army's USA Southern Territory. "These exercises allow us to fine-tune our response strategies, enhance coordination, and keep us updated on the latest techniques and technologies. Through comprehensive training, we are not only building the skills and knowledge of our personnel but also instilling the compassion and dedication that are at the core of The Salvation Army's mission."

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