Education in Preparedness

by Newfoundland and Labrador Division
Categories: Newswire
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    DSC_0289On May 16, 2014 The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) participated in a emergency preparedness fair at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  The fair brought together various emergency response and preparedness groups from campus and the community to raise awareness of the importance of preparedness.  The event also gave representatives from the various groups and agencies to network with each other.

    Salvation Army staff and volunteers shared information about the role of EDS in on-campus emergencies.  The mobile canteen was also on scene to serve hot dogs to students and staff.  Holly Tobin, Manager of Risk and Emergency Services at MUN viewed the Salvation Army’s presence at the fair as important because EDS is responsible for food services during on-campus emergencies.

    DSC_0284EDS also trains volunteers to provide emotional and spiritual care to responders and survivors in disasters.  Food is essential in an emergency but The Salvation Army recognizes that a holistic approach to our response is necessary.

    In addition to the preparedness fair, MUN also hosted the Disaster Chef Challenge which invited staff and students to submit recipes using only the supplies found in an emergency preparedness kit.  The top three entries were selected for a cook-off on the day of the fair.  A panel of five judges including The Salvation Army Director of Emergency Disaster Services, Aubrey Vincent sampled the three dishes and selected a winner who received an iPad.  All of the contestants received an emergency preparedness kit.

    DSC_0332The emergency preparedness fair took place a year after the university hosted a large scale exercise which The Salvation Army also took part in.  The commitment of EDS to continue to participate in these kinds of events reflects its commitment to communities in times of crisis.  Taking part in prevention and preparedness is important to building essential relationships with partners and ensuring that The Salvation Army is ready to respond in the event of an emergency.