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Become involved in Disaster Response!

Don’t miss this opportunity to help your community!
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W. Derrick Lea, ACS disaster response director and trainer for the North American Division, will train Northern California members how to help their neighbors during emergencies. 

Adventist Community Services (ACS) volunteers provide disaster response services through assisting individuals, families, and communities affected by tragedies. ACS has assisted by feeding survivors and first responders, and organizing debris cleanup, temporary roofing, spontaneous volunteer reception centers, and in-home repair as part of long-term recovery.  

Our 2017 plans call for us to assist communities in additional ways that will increase our ability to help those in crisis. Attendees at both classes will receive ACS and American Red Cross certificates of attendance. 

Disaster Assessment
Sabbath, April 22, 2017 • 2-6 p.m.
This seminar will explore the process of observing, collecting, assessing, processing and recording information about what has happened to each home affected by a disaster. Once an assessment is complete, communities are able to receive help more easily from both governmental and non governmental organizations that work within the disaster response community during recovery operations.

Shelter Operations 
Sunday, April 23, 2017 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
This seminar will introduce the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running, and closing a shelter during a disaster.

Carmichael SDA Church Fireside Room (both classes)
4600 Winding Way • Sacramento CA 95841-4540 

For more information, contact Northern California Conference Community Services Director Gordon Botting at (925) 603-5072 or Gordon.Botting@nccsda.com.

About the Guest Speaker

W. Derrick Lea
Adventist Community Services Disaster Response Director and Trainer
North American Division

W. Derrick Lea retired as deputy chief over operations after over 20 years of service for the Prince George’s Country Fire/ EMS department in 2011. Using the background developed in public safety, he began consulting and creating development plans for organizations. This led to the largest Muslim organization in the United States - Islamic Relief USA - asking him to lead their effort in forming a disaster response team.  After three years of successful work assisting those experiencing crisis, the organization asked that he lead all of their US programs, which included community engagement, grants, and disaster relief work.  

Lea is a member of the First Seventh-day Adventist Church of Washington, DC, where he has served in many positions such as the family life co-chair, a nominating committee member, as well as the leader of Bible Boot Camp for youth. He is currently a Sabbath School teacher for the college-aged students and enjoys giving monthly Bible studies at his home.  

He has also been involved in additional service activities, including serving on the Emotional/Spiritual care Committee for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) for the past two years, serving as a board member of the Community Blessings Center in Danville, VA, as well as serving as the chair of the Maryland Emotional Spiritual Care Committee. Derrick also holds certifications as an EMT B, Hazmat II, and Executive Level credentials for County Government.

Lea has been married for over 20 years, has two adult children, and his favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:6: "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (NKJV).
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