Boston Salvation Army Disaster Services On WBZ Sunday Night and Live Field Exercise Sat 9/26/09

As provided by SATERN Coordinator for Boston Salvation Army, Frank Murphy-N1DHW via the MRAS General email list:

Dear Officers, Staff, Board Members, and EDS Volunteers,

It always is an exciting, delightful opportunity when our programs are extensively promoted to the public. But in this particular occasion, it is time for our Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Ministries to shine!

On Sunday night – September 13, from11:00 pm – 11:30 pm (“The Jordan Rich Show”), WBZ Radio 1030 will highlight The Salvation Army’s EDS program. Jordan Rich, acclaimed talk show host, will interview Chris Farrand, our Massachusetts EDS Director and Mike Orfitelli, The Salvation Army’s Territorial EDS Coordinator and Trainer,  on-air. The broadcast will not only reach the entire Commonwealth but also 38 states including Michigan, Ohio and Florida. It will also reach portions of Canada.

The interview will highlight:
1) Discussions on The Salvation Army as a reputable, reliable support responder to police, firefighters and all other disaster first responders for any and all disaster events – local, regional and national.
2) The response of The Salvation Army to the 9/11 Tragedy, an event that remains significant in our minds, even as we commemorate it today.
3) EDS Training Programs that will inform and equip our volunteers to provide mass care such as food & hydration, clothing, shelter, emotional & spiritual care, and reconstruction & re-establishment of devastated communities as they rise up from the ashes. The Salvation Army does all of these – depending on the need – both short-term and long-term.

The public can call-in with questions.   It is my sincere hope that we all set aside some time to listen, and even participate when we can to the forum.

       Major William H. Bode
       Divisional Commander

I also wanted to use this opportunity to remind anyone who has not yet responded the invitation to participate in the live EDS field exercise scheduled for Sat. Sept. 26th. This mock disaster drill will train the different response services we provide from feeding to emotional triage to Incident Command operations. The event will be at Camp Wonderland in Sharon, MA and is scheduled to take place from 8:45am until 3:30pm (with lunch being served from the canteens). This is a great opportunity to learn more about deploying to an actual disaster, as well as build your skills for the field. Please contact me if you are interested in attending or with any further questions. Thank you.

Chris Farrand
Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army
Massachusetts Division
147 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116-5197

Phone: 617-542-5420 (ext.320)
Cell: 978-509-5665
Fax: 617-451-8195

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