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Adventist Learning Community
0.2 CEU

Disaster Response

Course Summary

Disasters can be natural or man-made, catastrophic or limited impact. Preparing for disasters is the first step in recovery after a disaster. The purpose of this 4-module course is to provide individuals with an overview of how Adventist Community Services (ACS) responds and how you can become a volunteer. You will Understand ACS Disaster Response (DR) operations in regards to disasters, with whom ACS DR coordinates and cooperates, ACS DR organizational structure and job descriptions, and how to volunteer and deploy to a disaster assignment. This is the first of several courses to prepare leaders and skilled volunteers for disaster response. A resource document is located in module 1 explaining all certificate courses for Disaster Response.

What do I need to know?

After completing this course you will earn 0.2 CEU and a certificate of completion in your Adventist Learning Community e-portfolio.

What will I learn in this course?

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of ACS DR operations for interested individuals, volunteers involved in special ACS DR activities, and Adventist leaders. Required paperwork for volunteers is included in this course.

About the Instructor

W. Derrick Lea retired as Deputy Chief over operations after 20.5 years of service for the Prince George’s Country Fire/ EMS Department in 2011. Using the background developed in Public Safety, he began consulting and creating Development Plans for organizations. This led to the largest Muslim organization in the United States, Islamic Relief USA asking him to lead their effort in forming a Disaster Response Team. After 3 years of successful work assisting those experiencing crisis, the organization asked that he lead all of their US Programs, which included Community Engagement, Grants, and Disaster Relief work. Derrick has been a member of the First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Washington DC, where he has served in many positions such as the Family Life co-chair, a nominating committee member as well as the leader of Bible Boot Camp for youth. He currently holds a monthly Bible Study group at his home and invites all faith communities. Additional service activities include serving on the Emotional/ Spiritual care Committee for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), working as a board member of the Community Blessings Center in Danville, VA along with working as past chair of the Maryland Emotional Spiritual care Committee. Derrick also holds certifications as an EMT B, Hazmat II and Executive Level credentials for County Government. Derrick has been married for 20 plus years, has two adult children, and his favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:6, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.


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16 days ago
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It's a blessing to have these courses at your fingertips especially during 2020. You guys are awesome

a month ago
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This course provides all the necessary information needed to enhance your readiness for a disaster response and should be taken by all volunteers.

2 months ago
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Thank you all for this opportunity. It makes these programs so much simpler

2 months ago
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This is an awesome course! I loved the balance of Emergency Response on the Sabbath and Faith by inclusion of a relevant scripture in the course and in your biography. I appreciate your efforts to train us.

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Self-paced course