Note that classes are currently offered through six North Georgia UMCOR certified trainers. They are all volunteers, working full time jobs, so their availability is limited. We must maximize the availability of classes to as many churches as possible, so often use regional host locations for training which helps us increase our district and conference preparedness in disaster response. When we are in hurricane season, or in an active disaster response or collection of materials, these trainers are then active "on the ground" and not available for classes, so it is important to have your church prepared, and some key leaders currently badged, during our "off season" training.
Of course, we also strongly advise congregations to be in partnership with your local Emergency Management Agency and Red Cross, so that you are trained and well connected before the emergency.