Welcome to the NJ Region's DCS Recognition and Training Information Page!
Special Recognition Event (Opening Ceremonies) for DCS Workforce members
Red Cross Olympic Games
Guest Instructors/Speakers from the Northeast Division, FEMA, Alzheimer's Association, & NJOHSP
as well as presentations on Promotions, Division Disaster Response Management Teams,
Individual Client Services Workgroups, Restoring Family Links and more!
NJ Region’s Training Institute
February 23-26, 2018
Tinton Falls Red Cross Office
1540 W. Park Ave., Ocean, NJ 07712 (aka Tinton Falls)
Please review the course schedule, descriptions and prerequisites before going to Volunteer Connection to register for courses . If you have difficulty or are from outside of the New Jersey Region, please try to register directly through EDGE
For additonal assistance contact Lauri.Gill@redcross.org.
REGISTER ON VOLUNTEER CONNECTION or directly through EDGE!
Scroll down for course offerings and information.
PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING FOR COURSES:
Its important that each participant thoroughly read course descriptions to understand pre-requisites and G/A/P requirements.
All registrations will be reviewed to ensure:
Its important that each participant thoroughly read course descriptions to understand pre-requisites and G/A/P requirements.
All registrations will be reviewed to ensure:
- Pre-requistes/experience requirement have been met
- The courses requested are appropriate for each participant
- If you are unsure, it is recommended that you request loding so that a determination may be made
- Eligibility will be checked and you will recieve an email with confirmation/denial two weeks prior to the institute
NJ Region "ALL HANDS" EVENTS (everyone must attend),
Radiological Emergency Response Plan Training - Saturday, Feb 24th 12:00p-1:00p
During the lunch break
CLOSED *LODGING IS AVAILABLE* CLOSED
For active NJ Red Cross Workforce members traveling 50 miles or more AND taking consecutive days of training.
Please select the Lodging offering in Volunteer Connection for each night you are requesting. The room will be booked for you.
If you have a preference of whom you'd like to room with, please indicate their name in the comment section and have that person do the same. If you have no preference you wil be assigned a roommate of the same gender.
The NJ Region is paying for the room only, no other services or fees can be billed to the Red Cross - you can put a credit card on your room if you'd like to purchase movies or dry cleaning services. You will be responsible for any damages to the room assigned to you.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
294 Route 36 East
West Long Branch, NJ 07753
This facility is non-smoking and does not accomodate pets.
Service Animals are welcome.
If you'd prefer to pay for your own room for privacy, the Red Cross rate of $69/night can be paid to the Holiday Inn Express in West Long Branch, NJ - please let them know you are with the Red Cross and are requesting the Red Cross rate. Please only contact the hotel directlly if you are booking/paying for your own room.
Housekeeping at the Hotel
Although the Red Cross is covering the costs for lodging, tips are not being covered. Please show your gratitude by
leaving a tip for housekeeping services at the hotel. They have been very good to us and we want to show our respect.
Snacks, coffee, tea and water will be available throughout the institute.
Menu selections for Lunch and Dinner have taken the following dietary concerns into consideration:
Gluten-free & Vegetarian
If you have other dietary concerns please contact Robert.Pavlick@redcross.org
For those receiving lodging, the Holiday Inn Express provides a breakfast,
for those traveling please be sure to have something before you arrive.
Will be provide for all attendees each day, Friday through Monday
PLEASE SIGN UP in Volunteer Connection!
Friday night - Disaster Workforce Recognition at the DoubleTree in Eatontown.
Saturday night - dinner at the same location as the training followed by the Red Cross Olympic Games!
OFFERINGS AND WORKSHOPS
You are cordially invited to the
Disaster Workforce Recognition Dinner... A special thank you to all of the DCS workforce who deployed, supported positions so that others could deploy, or supported daily operations within the Region
We look for to your attendance for the "Opening Ceremonies" of our Olympic themed Training Institute!
Friday, February 23rd from 7:00p-11:00p
Double Tree Hotel
700 Hope Road, Eatontown, NJ
FEMA: G775 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Management and Operations
Registration for this offering is now closed
Additional registration steps are required.
FEMA Application Form 119-25-1 must be submitted to email@example.com
This course explores the role, design, and functions of EOCs and their relationships as components of a multiagency coordination system. The course contains disaster-related examples, activities, and case studies that relate to EOCs and multiagency coordination systems at the Federal, State, tribal, and local levels of government.
Disaster Spiritual Care Fundamentals - Shira Stern
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, Psychological First Aid
Disaster Spiritual Care Fundamentals is an instructor-led course, designed to familiarize learners with the spiritual care function. Training is designed to teach to the standards and procedures doctrine and to standardize the provision of disaster spiritual care services. This training is required to be deployed to the disaster spiritual care activity. Those previously trained through unofficial presentations are required to take this course.
In-Kind Donations on Disaster Relief Operations - Diann Fischer
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, Logistics: An Overview
In-Kind Donations on Disaster Relief Operations Fundamentals is a basic level, instructor-led course that introduces the responsibilities and tasks of an In-Kind Donations responder working in Logistics operations on a disaster operation. Participants engage in activities and scenarios that Red Cross Supply workers typically encounter when working on a Red Cross disaster operation. Classroom participants must attend the entire course and complete the classroom activities.
Psychological First Aid - Shira Stern
This course provides a framework provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve. The course introduces the principles of psychological first aid and guidelines for when to refer to a Disaster Mental Health worker. Participants engage in practice exercises and a review of the course content.
Pillowcase Project Presenter Fundamentals: Modules 1, 2 and 3 - Kristee Lauro
Prerequisites: Basic Instructor Fundamentals for Youth • Watch the full presentation video, available on The Exchange (recommended)
The Pillowcase Project Presenter Fundamentals course is designed to train volunteers and employees to present The Pillowcase Project to 3rd through 5th grade students (ages 8-11). Module 1 consists of a careful review of The Pillowcase Project classroom presentation, including the tools and resources used in the presentation and ideas for presenting to children. In Module 2, learners will enhance the instructional techniques learned in the Basic Instructor Fundamentals for Youth course through a practice teaching session with other learners and will receive feedback and coaching provided by the instructor and their peers. Module 3 serves as the mandatory final assessment learners must complete with a passing score of 80% or higher.
Disaster Health Services Workshop -Karen Lawinski, RN, BSN
3 separate offerings: Friday 3:00p-5:00p, Saturday 2:00p-4:00p, or Sunday 10:00a-12:00p
Highly recommended for all Disaster Health Services Responders. This two hour, locally developed workshop allows Disaster Health Services volunteers to engage in classroom discussion as a follow up to their web-based training. Topics include the many roles Health Service providers can engage in. Topics will include Health Services support to clients from local fires, Sheltering, Deployment, Staff Wellness, and the ICCT (Integrated Care and Condolence Team). These services are diverse but all with the same mission-to aid people affected by disaster.
Disaster Response Management Simulation - two days (must attend both days) Kristen Binau, Neil Brockway, Dario Diaz
Saturday 9:00a-5:00p AND Sunday 9:00a-5:00p
Prerequisites: Disaster Assessment Fundamentals, Casework and Recovery Planning Fundamentals, Disaster Frontline Supervisor, Disaster Frontline Supervisor Simulation, Concept of Operations Overview, Operations Planning Fundamentals, Incident Reporting Fundamentals, Shelter Fundamentals, Feeding Fundamentals. Recommended training: Mass Care Managemen-2017 (Only recommended for Mass Care participants), Concept of Operations 2.0 (when available) AND Familiarity with: Documents – Concept of Operations Program Essentials, Operations Planning Standards & Procedures, Incident Reporting Standards & Procedures.
The purpose of the Disaster Response Management Simulation (DRMS) is to prepare Red Cross disaster workers to function effectively as managers and leaders on a district level or larger relief operation within a region, state or division. To do this, the simulation allows participants to experience key elements of a disaster operation from preparedness capabilities to an after action analysis of the incident. Participants are Red Cross disaster workers who are supervisors or above and have demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to serve in a leadership position on a disaster operation. Participant qualifications will be reviewed for approval for participation in this highly interactive simulation.
Restoring Family Links - Terri Illes
This course is designed to train participants in identifying Restoring Family Links following a Disaster. Learners will understand how: 1) to explain the basic components of Restoring Family Links services 2) to identify RFL needs following an international disaster 3) to make the proper referral to ensure these needs are met.
Alzheimer's Association Presentation - Nicolette Vasco
Saturday 9:00-11:30 or Sunday 9:00-11:30
Excellent content for any workforce member who has direct contact with clients - or those who are interested in learning more about Alzheimer's. This presentation will begin with an overview of the basics of Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's such as causes and risk factors, how it affects the brain, symptoms and effects of Alzheimer's on other types of dementia. Also covered will be effective communication strategies. There will also be time for questions and answers.
Care Assistant Fundamentals - Test Session
Saturday 10:30a-12:00p or Sunday 9:00a-10:00a
Prerequisites: CPR/First Aid/AED, Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, Everyone Is Welcome, Psychological First Aid
Participants need to have completed the on-line modules PRIOR to this skills testing session
The audience for this training is all disaster responders who will have direct client contact, such as Mass Care, Health Services, Disaster Mental Health, Disaster Spiritual Care, Client Caseworkers and community partners. Activities such as Logistics may also benefit from training in proper Body Mechanics contained in the Core Skills Module. Care Assistant Fundamentals is a basic level, modular online course featuring face-to-face Skills Testing. It is designed to train disaster responders and partners to assist people with Disabilities and other Access and Functional Needs with the basic Activities of Daily Living, i.e. Mobility Assistance, Transferring Assistance, Feeding Assistance and Observation, so they can access and utilize Red Cross services offered in Shelters, Evacuation Centers and other Red Cross facilities.
Collaborating Essentials - Lauri Gill, Paul Gass
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview
Collaborating Essentials is a basic level, instructor-led course designed to promote and support collaboration at the Red Cross. Participants will engage in discussions and scenarios to determine the different skills and behaviors required for building and maintaining internal and external relationships. Ideal for those interested in supporting Emegency Operations Centers as Goverment Liaisons. The course emphasizes the role that collaboration plays in the successful delivery of disaster services. The purpose of this course is to prepare the Disaster Services workforce to establish and maintain collaborative relationships, ensuring inclusive and effective service delivery.
Everyone Is Welcome - Carmella Ditmars
This course explores the social or independent living model for individuals with access and functional needs including those with disabilities and its application in all aspects of disaster services, enhances your understanding of civil rights laws and protections that assure services are provided in a manner that is fair and equitable to all, and removes the "fear factor" by encouraging people with disabilities to volunteer with their local Red Cross chapter, as well as Red Cross engagement with disability stakeholder groups at the local, regional, and division level.
Casework Workshop: DAT to Recovery - Mary Brown
Ideal for DAT responders and caseworkers
This workshop is for people who currently identify as DAT responders and caseworkers throughout the region. Information on national doctrine related to the DAT program, the DAT regional goals, and how we can improve our DAT capacity and response, CAS overview, questions and answers and some practice scenarios make this a great opportunity for anyone who want to brush up on their skills.
Integrated Care Condolence Team - Shira Stern, Nadine Bean, Debra Hayden
Sunday 1:30-6:00 or Monday 9:00-2:00
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, (Note: Learners should already be Disaster Cycle Services workers in
Disaster Health Services, Disaster Mental Health, Casework and Recovery Planning, or Disaster Spiritual Care and have completed the appropriate training for their respective activity).
Integrated Care Condolence Team Fundamentals supports the standards and procedures and highlights the unique aspects of working as a team to provide services to families and friends of missing, injured and deceased loved ones. The purpose of this course is to train current disaster responders in Casework and Recovery Planning, Disaster Health Services, Disaster Mental Health and Disaster Spiritual Care on the Integrated Care Condolence Team (ICCT) Standards and Procedures, and to provide guidance and best practices for working in an integrated care condolence team environment. Training does not guarentee participant they will be asked to support an ICCT.
Feeding Fundamentals v2 - UPDATED COURSE! - Robb Pavlick
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, Mass Care: An Overview and Basic Food Safety
The course introduces the tasks and responsibilities of feeding workers during a disaster operation. .Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to describe the components and requirements of feeding including: • Identifying and assessing needs • Selecting the appropriate feeding method(s) • Developing work assignments • Executing feeding • Assessing ongoing feeding needs • Closing the feeding site or operation
Staff Services Fundamentals - Lisa McGee
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, Deployment Fundamentals, Volunteer Connection Disaster Management
This course is designed to inform participants how to successfully complete Staff Services tasks on a disaster operation and provide anticipatory customer service and support to assigned disaster workers. The primary focus of this course is directed toward regional staff but also provides the tools to support a larger disaster operation.
Trailer Towing Workshop
Prerequisites: Should currently hold a Regional Driver position.
Learn how to tow a trailer! Participants will be instructed in the proper techniques and procedures from connection to delivery as well as safety concerns and responsibilities. Intended for current Regional Drivers willing to help with trailering resources needed on the scene. If you are interested in this opportunity but do not currently hold a driver position in the Region please note that in the comments section when selecting this offering.
ERV: Ready, Set, Roll
(PLEASE NOTE: This course is offered in two sections, classroom on Saturday and Driving Test on Sunday)
Saturday 1:00-4:30 Classroom instruction only
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview
Notes...To attend the ERV orientation and take the road test, the following are required:
- Completion of the first session of the ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll self-study or instructor-led training and course review
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- A valid driver’s license
- A clean driving record, verified by a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) report
- ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll course certificate (sessions one and two)
- Current certifications in First Aid and CPR
- Successful completion of an American Red Cross approved defensive driving course or "Defensive Driving" on EDGE
- Successful completion of the online course, Basic Food Safety
Forklift Fundamentals Module 2 -
Prerequisites: Logistics: An Overview, Forklift Module 1
This is a live trainer-led course that uses the Module 1 (prerequisite) content to deliver hands-on training, including a forklift inspection and operator driving test. This courses meets the requirements to work in Red Cross facilities that are managed by national headquarters or regions on a day to day basis, or one that is opened to support a disaster relief operation on a temporary basis.
*Because the Red Cross pays a fee for each participant who takes Module 1 (prerequisite), it is important that only those workers who qualify for and are in Logistics warehousing or Mass Care Distriburion of Emergency Suppllies (Bulk Distribution) enroll in this course.
Government Operations Fundamentals - Jim Eden, Gary Olivero
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, Recommended pre- or post-course work: Red Cross: Emergency Operations Center Liaison Self-Study, FEMA: IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System, IS 230.c Fundamentals of Emergency Management, IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction, IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
This course introduces the roles, responsibilities and tasks of the Red Cross government liaison. The course content is based on the Government Operations Handbook and other Disaster Services program guidance. Participants engage in activities and scenarios that Red Cross government liaisons typically encounter when representing the Red Cross throughout the disaster cycle.
RC View 101: Presentation and Tool Demonstration - Paul Gass
This important information session is open to all and will give attendees a basic introduction into the Red Cross’s new mapping tool - RC VIEW. The session will start with an NHQ drafted presentation ‘RC View 101’ followed by a demonstration of the tool, specifically looking at how GIS mapping has and is already transforming how Red Cross works in a Disaster Relief operation. Examples of mapping from the Hurricane season of 2017 as well as how the mapping is starting to be employed here in NJ through the Home Fire Campaign (HFC) will be demonstrated. Anyone who is involved directly or indirectly with Disaster Cycle Services (DCS) locally and nationally should have an awareness of this tool and how it is and will be used in future American Red Cross Disaster operations.
Prerequisites: Disaster Services: An Overview, Logistics: An Overview
Supply Fundamentals is a basic level, instructor-led course that introduces the responsibilities and tasks of a Supply responder working in Logistics operations. Participants engage in activities and scenarios that Red Cross Supply workers typically encounter when working on a Red Cross disaster operation. Classroom participants must attend the entire course and complete the classroom activities to earn a course certificate.
Radiological Emergency Response Plan - Saturday during the lunch break, (All Hands!)
NO NEED TO REGISTER - THIS WILL BE PART OF A WORKING LUNCH ON SATURDAY
Did you know New Jersey has two nuclear power plants within its borders? Learn about the state RERP and what to do in the unlikely event an incident occurs. For all disaster responders.
Bulk Distribution Operations - Carmella Ditmars
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, Bulk Distribution Fundamentals
This is an interactive course where participants engage in scenarios to learn how to apply the guidance covered in the Bulk Distribution Handbook. The handbook provides information and tools for use on disaster relief operations, chapter responses and in the classroom. The purpose of this course is to prepare participants for the tasks and responsibilities in setting up, operating and supporting Bulk Distribution on a local response and disaster relief operation.
Staff Wellness Fundamentals - Karen Lawinski
Staff Wellness Fundamentals is a basic level, instructor-led training designed to introduce the Staff Wellness Standards and Procedures and to prepare Staff Wellness Health Reviewers and responders to accomplish Staff Wellness tasks. The purpose of this course is to prepare Staff Wellness workers to accomplish the duties and responsibilities of Staff Wellness. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to describe the Staff Wellness Program, describe the Staff Wellness Standards & Procedures doctrine, and describe the processes, procedures, authorities and responsibilities of Staff Wellness workers at the Regional level, t the Division level and on disaster relief operations.
Mind Body Workshop
Saturday 10:30-12:00 or 1:00-2:30 (only sign up for one)
Red Cross Mind Body Workshops focus on the interaction between the mind and body, and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social and spiritual factors can directly affect health. Used together these alternative methods can help address common stress reactions. Introduction to Mind-Body Skills helps participants think about ways they would like to improve their well-being. This module is taught as an introduction to the idea of mind-body practice and provides attendees with some foundational tools from which they can build a mind-body practice for themselves. Some of the skills taught in this module include breathing, mindfulness techniques, stretching and movement, body awareness and functioning and guided imagery. The second module - Using Mind-Body Skills- guides participants in ways they can use mind-body techniques for personal and professional growth. Goals are developed by individual participants, and the discussion centers on managing stress through mind-body awareness and in order to work toward goals and contribute to growth. Some of the skills taught in this module include drawing, journaling, meditation and mindfulness, body awareness and self-directed imagery.
Promotion Process Seminar - Steve Sarinelli, DDD and Claire Geyer/Holly Lenhardt
What do I need to do to get promoted ("request for reassignment")?
In this 30 minute seminar you will be walked through the process of putting together a promotion "package", review the forms and information needed, learn what experience and documentation is required, learn at what levels (Region, Divison, NHQ) promotions are determined. Time will be allocated for questions and answers.
DRMT - Division Response Management Team Seminar - Steve Sarinelli, DDD
Participants of this 30 minute seminar will gain an understanding of the DRMT. A Division Response Management Team is a division-based disaster management team that operates under the authority of the Division Disaster Executive/Red Cross Coordinating Officer. This rotational, on-call team may be deployed to augment existing regional leadership or provide coordination and direct leadership during the initial phase of a division or national scope disaster response.
Saturday Evening Dinner and Red Cross Olympics
Saturday - Dinner 5:30-6:30, Olympic Games 7:00-9:00
Dinner and an evening of Red Cross Olympic Events
Join us for a buffet dinner followed by our first ever NJ Region Red Cross Olympics! Participants will be grouped into teams and will have the opportunity to participate in several Red Cross events. DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES????
Mass Casualty Incident Response Management - Lauri Gill, Steve Sarinelli
Prerequisites: Mass Casualty Incident Response Basics, web-based on EDGE
This course provides regional and divisional leadership the skills and tools needed to effectively lead mass casualty incident responses. The purpose of the Mass Casualty Incident Response Management course is to increase the proficiency of disaster leadership in managing a mass casualty event response, ensure the workforce is healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually (workforce protection), use the workforce protection job tools, and assess the need for, request, and manage event based volunteers (EBVs). This course is designed for all regional and divisional disaster leadership including partners. Participants should have a G/A/P of supervisor or above.
Facilities Management Simulation - Chris Dempsey
Prerequisites: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, Logistics: An Overview and Facilities Management Fundamentals -web based
The Facilities Management Fundamentals Simulation will give participants the opportunity to practice the skills learned in the Facilities Management Fundamentals web-based course. At the onset of a disaster, the American Red Cross may need to acquire and maintain temporary spaces or buildings for service delivery, operation administration, and movement of product during disaster operations. With few exceptions, Red Cross does not own these buildings or spaces. So, carefully selecting adequate facilities is vital to effectively serve the community. This simulation is developed in two parts: the online (WBT) training and an in-person simulation.
DMH Fundamentals Part 2 - Nadine Bean
Prerequisites: DMH Fundamentals Part 1 - web based
The purpose of Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals: Part 2 is to give those who successfully passed the Part 1 web-based course an opportunity to apply the knowledge they gained during the web-based course, become familiar with the role of the Disaster Mental Health worker, and experience how Disaster Mental Health work may be different from their daily role as a mental health professional.
Care Assistant Fundamentals SKILLS TEST
Saturday 10:30 -12:00
Prerequisites: Completion of the online modules for Care Assistant Fundamentals, CPR/AED/First Aid,
This basic level, modular online course featuring face-to-face Skills Testing. It is designed to train disaster responders and partners to assist people with Disabilities and other Access and Functional Needs with the basic Activities of Daily Living, i.e. Mobility Assistance, Transferring Assistance, Feeding Assistance and Observation, so they can access and utilize Red Cross services offered in Shelters, Evacuation Centers and other Red Cross facilities. When circumstances demand, the course also offers the capability to offer just-in-time skills training on a module by module basis. Note: Responders with Lifting Restrictions should not attempt Transferring
tasks or any task that includes lifting beyond their personal limits. Note: Completion of this training does not qualify the trainee to offer professional level, government certificated nurse assistant duties. The purpose of this course is to prepare disaster responders and partners to safely assist people with Disabilities and other Access and Functional needs access and utilize Red Cross facilities and services while promoting the independence of the clients served.
ERV Drivers Test
Prerequisites: ERV: Ready, Set, Roll
Part 2 of ERV: Ready, Set, Roll where participants will have an orientation to the Emergency Response Vehicle and take the driving portion of the training/test. Please see the requirements under the ERV: Ready, Set, Roll offering for complete details on requirements.
Mass Care Management 2017 - Edward Blanchard
Prerequisites: Operations Planning Fundamentals, Disaster Frontline Supervisor and Simulation, Mass Care Overview, Shelter Fundamentals, Shelter Management, Feeding Fundamentals, Bulk Distribution Fundamentals
Mass Care Management is an instructor-led, advanced level course that introduces the roles, responsibilities and tasks of the a Mass Care Manager. This course is meant to prepare Mass Care managers to successfully perform required Mass Care management tasks on a regional disaster operation, scale to a district / national operation and give them an opportunity to become familiar with Mass Care and other operational job tools.
DMH Workshop - Lori Ayers, Jodi Bocco
Highly recommended for all Disaster Mental Health Services Responders. This two hour, locally developed workshop allows Disaster Mental Health Services workers to engage in classroom dicussion as a follow up to their web-based and classroom training. Topics include the many roles DMH providers can engage in such as support to clients from local fires, Sheltering, Deployment, and the ICCT (Integrated Care and Condolence Team). These services are diverse but all with the same mission-to aid people affected by disaster.
Active Shooter Seminar - Ed Moore from the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
In this two hour seminar presented by the NJOHSP participants will learn about active shooter scenarios including the Run/Hide/Fight technique, facility awareness, continutity of operations planning, how the police respond and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions specific to Red Cross sites and responses.