Emergency Management Institute
IS-403 Introduction to Individual Assistance
The Emergency Management Institute is offering IS-403 Introduction to Individual Assistance (IA). The web-based course will provide FEMA personnel and partners with a basic knowledge of IA programs and associated activities that help individuals and households recover from a disaster.
Following the completion of this 1.5 hour course, participants will be able to:
- Describe how the Stafford Act governs FEMA disaster operations
- Explain the Declaration Process
- Identify the different types of IA Programs
- Explain the Sequence of Delivery of the IA programs
- Define Individuals and Households Program (IHP) Housing Assistance
- Define IHP Other Needs Assistance
- Identify the various field offices and processing centers.
Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response Volunteers Needed
In cooperation with the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service in Hancock and Harrison Counties, United Way of South Mississippi Volunteer Center will be administering a Volunteer Response Center (VRC) for oil response volunteers. Specific dates are still to be determined. If you would like to help, register here.
You will need to login and create a disaster profile. Contact Mary Tell at (228) 896-2213 for more information about VRC training.
Haiti Earthquake Response
LDR Ohio is partnering with the Ohio Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to provide first aid kits and health kits to people in Haiti. Due to need and space limitations on the initial shipments, only these items will be accepted at this time.
When donating items, please box the items and label what is in each box. Fill the boxes completely to prevent crushing when the boxes are stacked for shipping. If donating larger quantities, box like items together. This will make it easier for the distribution points in Haiti as they do not have the space to sort. Remember security and safety when boxing and packaging items. Many volunteers will be handling these items in the delivery process to Haiti.
First Aid kits may be store-bought or contain the following items: band aids, bandages, antibacterial ointment or first aid ointment, disinfectant wipes, gauze rolls of bandages, first aid tape.
Health kits may contain the following items: one bath towel, one washcloth, one bath-size bar soap in original wrapping, deodorant (unopened), one adult size toothbrush in its original packaging, one sturdy comb, remove packaging, one dental floss and one toothpaste. Please wrap smaller items in the washcloth and then wrap all together in the bath towel, tying with yarn, string or ribbon.
When volunteers are allowed to enter the country, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid and all types of bedding will be shipped.
Monetary donations are needed to cover the costs of shipping items to Haiti. Please make checks out to LDR Ohio, 750 East Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43205. It costs $2.65 to ship each kit.
A 10-foot enclosed trailer has been parked at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 35 E. Stanton Ave., Columbus, Ohio for storage of these items until shipped. This church is located at the corner of High St. and Stanton Ave, a few blocks north of Morse Road.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Woodward at 740-509-1132.
Thank you for reaching out to the thousands of families in need.