Long-term Recovery Webinars

Volunteer restoring flooded home
Volunteer from the United Church of Christ, Longmont, Colo., help restore a flooded home in their community. Photo: courtesy UCC Longmont

With more than 60 years of experience, Church World Service provides free, online training to people who care about their communities and want to see everyone recover from disaster.

Upcoming Webinars

American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services: A Brief Look at Your American Red Cross - July 15, 2014

This webinar (scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time) will provide an overview of American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services and its commitment to be not only a provider of direct services but also a facilitative leader across the entire disaster cycle – Prepare, Respond, Recover – in a way that is predictable and repeatable and applied consistently nationwide.  The organization’s goal is to align with government and work to enable the entire community to participate in all phases of the disaster cycle.

Presenting the webinar will be Jono A. Anzalone, who has served the American Red Cross in various capacities since 1994 - currently as North Central Division Disaster Executive, American Red Cross, based out of Omaha, Neb., with oversight of Disaster Cycle Services in ID, MT, ND, SD, MN, WI, IL, IA, NE, KS, and MO.  In that capacity, he leads the team responsible for ensuring that disaster services are delivered across the division in a rapid and accessible manner, meeting the urgent needs of clients.  Before taking on his current responsibilities, he was the FEMA Region VII Voluntary Agency Liaison.  He is "a huge fan" of Church World Service’s work.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/448140906

Recorded Webinars

Disaster Long-Term Recovery Basics – June 10-11, 2014
This four-part webinar covers a wide range of topics designed to help communities rebuild and recover after a disaster. It is useful for clergy and lay leaders in disaster-affected communities, the staff of organizations who may provide disaster case management, people concerned about those affected by recent disasters, and anyone planning to mitigate the hazards in their community before a disaster strikes. Denominations and communions, congregations and ecumenical organizations are essential partners in long-term recovery work following disasters.

Part 1 - Overview
Part 2 - Gathering Information and Organizing
Part 3 - Disaster Case Management
Part 4 - Construction, Volunteer, Emotional and Spiritual Care

CWS "Disability and Disaster" Webinar - April 22, 2014
Learn more about how to include people with disabilities (i.e. with access and functional needs) in every stage of disaster preparedness and recovery, including as experts and resource providers. Presenters include: Julie Blanciak, FEMA Region II Volunteer Agency Liaison, and Dave Schaad, Field Operations Chief for FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination. Watch the recording!

Also download David Schaad's slides and Julie Blanciak's slides.

CWS "Long-Term Recovery Basics” Webinar Oct. 15-16, 2013
On October 15 and 16, the CWS Emergency Response Team presented an updated Long-term Recovery Basics.  Click Here for the Slides:

Part 1 - Getting Started
Part 2 - Getting Organized
Part 3 - Disaster Case Management and the LTRG
Part 4-  The Heart of Recovery- Volunteers and Emotional and Spiritual Care

CWS "Health and Safety in Disaster Recovery" Webinar September 10

Our September 10 webinar focused on health and safety - two vital components of disaster relief and recovery, not only for the survivors, but also for the volunteers who are often in risky environments.

Watch the recording on YouTube

Disaster Preparedness

Our August 6 webinar discussed "Disaster Preparedness," covering important details often overlooked while preparing for an emergency, from Disaster Case Management (DCM) to Emotional and Spiritual Care.

Power Point Slides

Who does what?

The CWS Emergency Response Specialists June 4 presented key organizations and people that play a significant role from preparedness to long-term recovery.

Power Point Slides
Watch the recording on Youtube

Social Media and Long-term Recovery

On Nov. 13, 2013, CWS Emergency Response Specialist Kuulei Funn discussed how Social Media can be used in a Long Term Recovery Group.

Download the slides
Watch the recording on YouTube (recording starts at 0:55)

More Webinars...

The VALS: Your Friends in Disaster Recovery

What Comes After Recovery

What’s the Story and How to Tell It

Farmers, Rural Communities and Disasters – Materials and Presentation with Notes

Technology-Caused Disasters: How Healthy is Your Community?

Disabilities in Disasters