Training and workshops

This section typically has training some time in the future, ongoing or as displayed on calendars from other organizations. 


DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives


Join us During the Nonprofit Security Grant Program Webinars!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate, in partnership with the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, invites faith-based, community, and nonprofit partners to participate in one of the upcoming webinars regarding the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 NSGP will provide $90 million in funding support to nonprofit organizations for security related activities. Additional program information is located at

Each webinar will present similar content, including: an overview of the NSGP, information on grant program eligibility and allowable costs, and a moderated question and answer session. (Note: the January 30 and February 20 webinar will focus on other DHS and FEMA resources for the faith community, including but not limited to NSGP)

 Please see the complete webinar schedule below, and share this invitation broadly.

January 2020 Webinars:

February 2020 Webinars:

March 2020 Webinars:

  • Thursday 3/5, 2:30 PM ET – NSGP Webinar,   1-877-446-3914 (Code: 289309#)
  • Thursday 3/12, 2:30 PM ET – NSGP Webinar, 1-877-446-3914 (Code: 289309#)
  • Thursday 3/19, 2:30 PM ET – NSGP Webinar, 1-877-446-3914 (Code: 289309#)
  • Thursday 3/26, 2:30 PM ET – NSGP Webinar, 1-877-446-3914 (Code: 289309#)

 Please join 15 minutes early, so your name and organization may be recorded prior to entering the call and/or webinar. If you are unable to join, or if the event is at capacity, please join the next offering or view the archived January 22 webinar.

If you have any questions regarding these webinars, please contact FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate Information Desk at 1-800-368-6498 or


UPCOMING WEBINAR 1/30: FEMA 101: Overview of the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives and FEMA Components

Everyday around the world, faith-based organizations serve the needs of people. They are most often not deployed by government, rather they act to accomplish their mission of serving others. Government works best when it partners with and empowers those organizations with resources and technical assistance. This is never more evident than in times of disaster.

Join this webinar to learn how the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunities Initiatives (DHS Center) is working with houses of worship and nonprofits connecting with FEMA and other federal partners. Featured speakers include the DHS Center as well as FEMA’s Individual Assistance (IA), Public Assistance (PA), Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) and Grant Programs Directorate (GPD).

DATE:            Thursday, January 30, 2020

TIME:            2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET


This webinar will:

  • Introduce the role and functions of the DHS Center
  • Provide an overview of the IA Process and Voluntary Agency Liaisons
  • Share information on the PA policy for Houses of Worship
  • Share updates on the FY2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program
  • Provide ICPD preparedness resources
  • Include a Question and Answer session

How to Join the Webinar:

We hope that you will join us on Thursday, January 30th!



Register to Attend

DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

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Past VOAD Conferences of Interest

2018 MWVOAD Conference

Thanks to all who came and participated in our conference in Oregon this year.  We had many great presenters and some time to catch up with our cohorts in other areas and to make new connections. Thanks to Aaron Titus of Mountain West VOAD for taking the reins, to our excellent speakers and to our great organizing committee for the excellent work done to make this conference a success.  We'll see you next year in Idaho!


Minutes of the 2018 MWVOAD Conference in Gladstone, Oregon

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Click HERE to view the presentations from the conference.


April 22-24, 2018

Mountain West VOAD Conference 2018 hosted by Oregon VOAD

Holden Convention Center

Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

19500 Oatfield Rd, Gladstone OR 97027


Theme: “Together We Serve – Developing Collaborative Relationships that Strengthen the VOAD”


The goal of the Mountain West VOAD Conference is to provide an opportunity for agencies (and individuals) from a variety of agency types (voluntary, emergency management, government, etc.) to increase their understanding and ability to respond effectively and efficiently to all types of disaster. The main objectives are to:

  • Share best practices and research – both from case studies and experience – to increase efficiency in response
  • Provide an opportunity to build relationships with peers and partners
  • Facilitate small-group discussions that can improve communications and coordination

View the conference agenda.


Registration Fee was $75   


For Information Contact:

Aaron Titus | (202) 669-2969


ICS-300 training    April 24 and 25, 2017

Multnomah County Emergency Management (MCEM) is pleased to announce an offering of the training course ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents.  This course is a follow up to the online independent study courses available from FEMA and explores larger scale incidents that may require additional resources and command staffing.  The course is recommended for those that may be called upon to work at an Incident Command Post or as part of an Incident Management Team or Emergency Operations Center Staff.

This course will take place April 24 and 25, 2017 from 7:30am - 5:00pm, with a one hour lunch break.  Training will be in the Basement of the Multnomah Building, Room B14, at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland.

Students that wish to register for this course must complete four per-requisite independent study courses.  These courses must be completed prior to registration and can be accessed online at

IS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System
IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700, National Incident Management System - An Introduction
IS-800, National Response Framework - An Introduction

To register

1.  Send the certificate of completion for the pre-requisite classes to  Please send the certificates in four separate .pdf files and,

2.  Visit the registration site at

Registration deadline is 5pm April 7, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact MCEM training at 503-988-6803 or e-mail



Dan Nelson
Training & Exercise Coordinator

Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management


(503) 988-6803 

(503) 444-1636 mobile


24/7 Duty Officer: 503-988-6700, Option 1 or


ICS-400 Training   May 9-10, 2017

 ICS 400: Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff Course Description:

This course is for senior emergency personnel who are expected to perform in a management capacity in a Multi-AgencyCoordinationunit or in an Area Command. The goals are to explain management challenges; describe the circumstances in which an Area Command is established, and to describe the circumstances in which multi-agency coordination systems are established. Area Command and Multi-Agency Coordination to enhance the objectives of the course.

Course Duration:

2 Days


Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9-10, 2017

0800-1430 both days

Course Location:

Camp Withycombe,Classroom 2102,

15300 SE Minuteman Way.Clackamas, OR 97015


IS 700,ICS 100,ICS 200,ICS 300

Who Can Attend:

Open to civilian, government, and military personnel from all agencies with a uniform of business casual (professional appearance)

Course Fee:


How to Register:

Add’l Information:

Bring to class: A valid identification (front gate entry), computer with CD drive (if you have one), pencil, Student Identification Number (SID) if you don’t have one go to:

For course specific questions, contact Maj. Adam R. Lulay at or 503-584-3242

For registration and logistics questions, contact Nora Yotsov at or (503) 650-3386





Upcoming events/trainings:

Linked HERE is excellent training information on two upcoming classes (Emergency Response Training Options for Houses of Worship,  Early Recovery Fund: Lessons for Funders) from Michael Riedy, our FEMA VAL , .  I would usually save this for my weekly update but the information below is time sensitive and deserves a quick response. 


One of the deficits I have seen this year is we need to participate in more trainings as an organization, so this email from Michael is timely and important.  Please review the training options (linked above and below) and carve time out of your schedules to participate in at least one of these trainings.  If you have questions, please feel free to connect with the Oregon VOAD Leadership.


   Oregon VOAD



Additional training


Past trainings

Stove Summit - Aug 11-14, Cottage Grove - latest on survival stoves and the clean cooking sector.  PDF for details.


Weblinks for Training Calendar Sources


  ·UPDATED:  Multi-Agency Coordination Group/Support Organization Training and Exercises.  See Regional Training CalendarUpdated course list and schedule attached


·         Regional Training Calendar

·         OEM Training Calendar

·         FEMA Region X Training Calendar  


Additional Training information can be found on the Weekly ORVOAD Informational Update tab, on the web site