Ready Response Workshop (Day 2)

How ready are you to respond to a crisis? When something happens we all want to respond and help our neighbor. But are we ready to respond well? Join us at Gloria Dei on April 5th & 6th for a Ready Response Workshop. 

This workshop on day 2 will include the following course options:

  • Assessment training, to help people evaluate a worksite and document all future work that needs to be done.
  • Chainsaw certification training, which will train you to handle chainsaws for cleaning up disaster areas after storms (MUST ATTEND FRIDAY'S "BASIC LERT TRAINING" TO BE ELIGIBLE)
  • Orphan Grain Train Lunch & Learn, which will discuss OGT's serving options and overall impact on the surrounding community
  • Spiritual first aid, which will help you offer crucial support to those dealing with grief, loneliness, and emotional suffering, particularly after a crisis or tragedy
  • Roundtable Discussion
LERT (Lutheran Emergency Response Training) Disaster Assessment Training Presenter: Kathy O'Day (Saturday) 9am-12pm

A Level 1 (General) Damage Assessment is an initial, quick, general area assessment to determine the type, extent, and area of damage. This is an information-gathering assessment. to be used by Synodical, District, and local church leaders to determine the appropriate type and level of response, or if a response is even needed. A Level 2 (Job) Assessment is an onsite assessment of sites with completion of the homeowner liability and work forms needed for each property LERT volunteers with work on. This information is used by the Disaster Response Coordinator to determine the type of volunteer team and equipment needed, and to schedule work at sites.

LERT (Lutheran Emergency Response Training) Chainsaw Training - Classroom & Hands on Presenter: David Ricks (Saturday) 9am-2pm+

 Chainsaw training serves to increase our dedicated LERT volunteer's capabilities to help those who haven't the means or skills to perform this dangerous work following a disaster. We want to equip LERT members with the ability to provide this service safely and efficiently. During the training, you will learn the following:

  • Safe operation and maintenance of a chainsaw
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Injury prevention
  • How to buck and limb fallen trees
  • How to clear debris in a safe and efficient manner

To be authorized to use a chainsaw on LERT disaster responses as an LCMS LERT Chainsaw Operator, you must attend BOTH the Basic LERT Training session Friday and the Chainsaw training Saturday.

Afternoon hands-on participants should bring, if they have:

  • Chainsaw, bar oil, gas-oil or synthetic fuel mix
  • Chaps and other Personal Protective Equipment (helmet, eye protection, gloves, steel-toed boots)
  • Participants must wear steel-toed work Tennis shoes or sandals/flip-flops are not allowed in the afternoon session. No shorts.
  • Some chainsaws and PPE will be available for training if you do not have your own 

This LCMS DR training requires registration and a $15.00 registration fee for material.

LCC (Lutheran Church Charities) Spiritual First Aid Presenter: Chris Singer (Saturday) 9am-2pm

Crisis Response Teams and Spiritual First Aid - Comprising empathetic individuals, LCC Crisis Teams, rooted in a Christian community, offer spiritual and psychological first aid. They provide crucial support to those dealing with grief, loneliness, and emotional suffering, particularly after a crisis or tragedy. Trained as Trauma Informed Caregivers, this initiative emerged in response to a 25% surge in the demand for post-disaster psychological and spiritual aid. LCC emphasizes the significance of the body of Christ during these pivotal moments.

OGT (Orphan Grain Train) Lunch and Learn: 12pm

Come learn everything that Orphan Grain Train has to offer for our community at this lunch and learn on Saturday! Lunch is free and provided by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Now's the Time to Go & Serve Roundtable Discussion Presenters: Kathy O'Day, Stephanie Knea (Saturday)

Now what do I do with this training? How can I apply what I have learned in my congregation, community and beyond? Learn how the teams that serve in non-disaster times can strengthen their response during a disaster when needed. Come ready to discuss ideas and ask questions.


Click here to sign up for one or both days by April 3.  Due to the time slots of each class, you can only pick one for each day (with Disaster Assessment Training, OGT Lunch & Learn, and the roundtable discussion as exceptions).

Event Coordinator Stephanie Knea

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