Disaster Response Certification For Chaplains Ministers & Pastors
Chaplains, Ministers and Pastors Should be helping to save lives, not just winning souls

Each day communities respond to numerous disasters or emergencies. Most often, these incidents are managed effectively at the local level. However, there are some incidents that may require a collaborative approach that includes personnel from: 1. Multiple jurisdictions, 2. A combination of specialties or disciplines, 3. Several levels of government, 4. Non-governmental organizations, and 5. The private sector.

THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, OR NIMS: Provides the foundation needed to ensure that we can work together when our communities and the Nation need us the most. NIMS integrates best practices into a comprehensive, standardized framework that is flexible enough to be applicable across the full spectrum of potential incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. Using NIMS allows us to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: The following are the requirements to become board certified in Disaster Response. There are no short cuts, all training requirements must be meet before disaster response certification will be considered. All requirements must be meet before certification will be issued. Disaster Response Chaplains are First Responders in their own right. There are no short cuts for Disaster Response Chaplains, proper training means everything in times of disaster and crisis.

All applicants for certification in Disaster Response must complete the following courses. Most ministries and training institutions charge large sums for courses, even though FEMA provides them free of charge. CFMI charges a modest adminstration and processing fee once courses have been completed. Most of these courses are provided free of charge online by FEMA.
1. IS-368: Including People With Disabilities & Others With Access & Functional Needs in Disaster Operations. Course Overview, The purpose of this course is to increase awareness and understanding of the need for full inclusion of disaster survivors and FEMA staff who are people with disabilities, and people with access and functional needs. The course provides an overview of disabilities and access and functional needs and explains how disaster staff can apply inclusive practices in their disaster assignments. Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, participants should be able to: Explain the importance of including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster operations at the JFO and field locations. Describe how JFO and field staff can support and include people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster operations. Describe principles and FEMA initiatives that provide a foundation for the integration of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster operations. Describe the history of the treatment of and services for people with disabilities. Identify laws that provide the legal foundation for issues related to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Describe the function of the Disability Integration Advisor. Describe personal actions to support the integration of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in the JFO and field disaster operations. CEUs: 0.2 Course Length: 2 hours.
2. IS-366: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters: Course Objectives. At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to create, update, or revise an Emergency Operations Plan for your community or organization to effectively address the unique needs of children in disasters. Primary Audience, The target audience for this course is local and state emergency managers and planners. Other individuals or groups that may benefit from taking this course include those directly involved with meeting the needs of children, such as the following: Judges and other members of the State, county, and local governmental legal system Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), faith-based organizations, and other non-profits, Child service agencies, Child care providers and Schools. CEUs: 0.4 Course Length: 4 hours.
3. IS-230.b Fundamentals of Emergency Management: Course Overview The goal of this course is to introduce you to the fundamentals of emergency management. This course presents emergency management as an integrated system with resources and capabilities networked together to address all hazards. This is the first course in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute’s independent study Professional Development Series. Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, participants should be able to: Describe the principles and authorities that are the foundation of emergency management.
Explain how the different partners contribute to emergency management in your community. Explain how the core capabilities support the mission areas to ensure preparedness. Describe the roles of each partner in emergency management. Explain the steps and resources necessary for developing a comprehensive emergency operations plan. Explain how to plan, manage, and coordinate resources for an efficient and effective response. Explain the functions of emergency management in emergency and day-to-day situations.
. CEUs: 0.6 Course Length: 6 hours

4. IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction: Course Overview: The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework. Course Objectives: At the end of this course, you will be able to describe: The purpose of the National Response Framework. The response doctrine established by the National Response Framework. The roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the National Response Framework. The actions that support national response. The response organizations used for multi-agency coordination. How planning relates to national preparedness. CEUs: 0.3 Course Length: 3 hours
5. IS-907 - Active Shooter: What You Can Do: Course Overview: An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation. Course Objectives: Upon completing of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials. 2. Recognize potential workplace violence indicators. 3. Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents. 4. Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident. CEUs: 0.1 Course Length: 1 hour
6. IS-100.SCa Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools Course Overview: The Emergency Management Institute developed the Introduction to ICS for Schools (IS-100.SCa for Schools) course in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. The course is designed primarily for kindergarten through high school personnel. The overall course goal is to promote school safety by: Familiarizing you with how ICS principles can be applied in school-based incidents. Preparing you to interface with community response personnel IS-100.SCa for Schools follows the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines. Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, you should be familiar with: 1. ICS applications in school-based incidents. 2. ICS organizational principles and elements. 3. ICS positions and responsibilities. 4. ICS facilities and functions. 5. ICS planning. In addition, you will learn the steps you should take to be accountable for your actions during an incident.. CEUs: 0.3 Course Length: 3 hours

7. IS-200.b - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents Course Overview: ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS. The Emergency Management Institute developed ICS its ICS courses collaboratively with: National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) U.S. Department of Agriculture. United State Fire Administration’s National Fire Programs Branch. Please Note: IS-200.b is an updated version of the IS-200 course. If you have successfully completed IS-200 or IS-200.a, you may want to review the new version of the course. For credential purposes, the courses are equivalent. NIMS Compliance. This course is NIMS compliant and meets the NIMS Baseline Training requirements for IS-200. CEUs: 0.3 Course Length: 3 hours

8. IS-700a National Incident Management System (NIMS), Course Overview: This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and non-governmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. Course Objectives: At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the intent of NIMS. 2. Describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS. 3. Describe the purpose of the NIMS Components including: Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management. 4. Describe the purpose of the National Integration Center. Note: This course provides a basic introduction to NIMS. It is not designed to replace Incident Command System and position-specific training. CEUs: 0.3 Course Length: 3 hours

9. Required to be Certified in CPR and CPR First Aid: Members can get their certification in CPR and CPR First Aid at their local Red Cross, Fire Department or local educational institutions. You can also get your certification on at CPR Today, the link is below. We require members you take the Comprehensive BLS Training Program for certification. After registration you will have instant access to your course which may be completed immediately in one sitting or in as many sessions as convenient within 30 days from any internet-connected computer. To learn more about the courses
Once all courses are completed you would then be listed on this site as a certified Disaster Response Chaplain. We hope and pray that here will be many who will work hard to become certified Disaster Response response Chaplains. The chaplains who complete all the training will be a tremendous blessing for the glory of Gods' kingdom and to their communities and families during times of disaster or crisis.

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