LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Salvation Army is hosting the first of a series of free disaster training classes starting Friday and Saturday at their MALE campus on Brook Street.
Friday morning's class learned all about how to be ready for the unthinkable.
"I think it brings a sense of cohesion in the community," Richie Robinson from Texas Roadhouse said. Robinson and several co-workers signed up for the classes.
"We have a mobile kitchen and we'd like to use it to help anyone who may need help during a disaster," Richardson told WHAS11.
Regional Disaster Director Joe Hughes is teaching the class, which is required before doing any other training at the Salvation Army. The organization helps nearly 30 million Americans each year with services ranging from disaster relief to providing shelter for the homeless. He says they see an increase in people wanting to volunteer after major disasters. Hughes says it's better if people volunteer before something significant happens.
"We want to have you in the system ahead of time to know what your skill sets are so we can just push that button when we're ready," Hughes said.
The four-hour class is offered again Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-to-12:30 p.m. and is a pre-requisite for all other classes offered in the training. Saturday's afternoon class is Ministry of Presence, teaching participants how to provide pastoral and emotional care to disaster survivors and emergency workers, a cornerstone of the Army's mission. Class time is also 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
All classes are free to anyone in the community and certification is provided upon completion.
For volunteer opportunities call Loren Hill at 502-671-4920. For disaster training information and classes nationwide go to salarmy.eds.org.