The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency is offering a one-day innovative training that brings emergency and disaster response training to faith-based groups. Persons of all faiths are encouraged to register for the free conference, planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6 at the First United Methodist Church, 803 Main St. in Rolla. Lunch will be provided.

The Governor’s Faith-Based Organization Disaster Initiative works to assist Missouri faith-based groups in preparing their members to assist with sheltering operations, mobile kitchens and other disaster response efforts to help their neighbors during emergencies.

Cole County Sheriff Greg White, who is also an ordained minister, is one of the driving forces behind the faith-based disaster initiative and regularly travels the state educating faith-based groups about the importance of their help during emergencies.

White and seven program experts will be in attendance at the Rolla conference and will be offering hands-on training on personal and family preparedness, sheltering, food handling, mass care coordination and long-term recovery efforts.

This conference will link local faith-based organizations with emergency management directors and responders. Participants will receive tool kits, mentoring
sources, training resources and technical assistance to help them provide assistance to their communities during disasters.

For more information on the conference, please contact Connie English at SEMA  at 573-526-9104.  You may register for the conference online at www.mogov/forms/fabodi/index.php.