New London County Emergency Disaster Services
In Need of Volunteer Team Members!
NEW LONDON – The Salvation Army’s New London
County Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Director, Robert Heal, who himself is
a volunteer, is asking for your help. The New London County EDS team is in need
of volunteers! Even if you are unable to volunteer personally, you can still
help by spreading the word.
While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core
of The Salvation Army’s EDS program consists of several basic services.
The most visible Salvation Army disaster service is the hot meals and cold
drinks served from a Salvation Army mobile kitchen to disaster survivors and
emergency personnel. These Salvation Army "canteens" are essentially
Being an EDS volunteer team member allows you to help support your local
community in times of crisis! One major volunteer need is for EDS Canteen
Drivers. An EDS Canteen Driver is the team member responsible for getting the
canteen to and from community and disaster events and assisting in the
canteen’s operation on scene. The driver is often the first EDS team
member to arrive and is responsible for driving and initial set up. The driver
is also typically the EDS person in charge during each event. A routine EDS
call typically lasts for a few hours and involves two to four EDS team
Specific responsibilities for EDS Canteen Drivers can include loading the
canteen with necessary supplies for the reported number to be fed, checking
stocked items, preparing coffee, driving the canteen to the scene, contacting
the served agency (police, fire, etc.) to determine where to set up, setting up
to cook and serve food, cooking as needed, directing other EDS team members,
planning departure, cleaning the canteen with the help of team members, and
reporting meal counts to the EDS Director.
Other team member volunteers are also needed to assist once the canteen has
arrived on scene, such as with helping to distribute food and refreshments.
Required qualifications for all members involve a desire to help others in
times of need, a highly flexible schedule/availability and willingness to
receive calls at odd hours or during adverse weather conditions, being active
and in reasonable physical shape, and an ability to remain calm in oftentimes
Particularly for EDS Canteen Drivers, recommended qualifications entail
previous experience/familiarity with driving a large vehicle (i.e. RV or
truck), radio communications, command experience, cooking, EDS, car mechanics,
first aid skills, and responding at a moment’s notice. Training is
provided for anyone who wishes to participate.
If interested in becoming an EDS Canteen Driver, parties must have a
driver’s license, be at least 21, and undergo a mandatory background
check. Such an opportunity is ideal for people ages 55+, including retired and
former police, fire, and EMS staff and military. If interested in helping out
in any capacity, or for more information in general, contact Bob Heal, EDS
Director for New London County, via (860) 443-6409 or Email at canteen@SAnewlondon.org or email@example.com. Alternatively,
you can stop by The Salvation Army’s New London Corps, located at 11
Governor Winthrop Boulevard, New London, CT, 06320. For any help that you can
provide, we thank you.