The Salvation Army of Aiken is offering a two-day disaster response training course in February.

This is the first time the local nonprofit has offered the courses, and Capt. Angela Repass said they are thrilled to be doing so.

“In the past, we’ve had disasters here locally and people have expressed interest in being part of that response,” Repass said. “This is an opportunity to learn how to help, whether it’s here or far away.”

On the first day, an introduction to Emergency Disaster Services will be conducted. This is for new disaster workers who have limited experience. Participants will be taught how to prepare themselves for a disaster deployment, according to a press release.

On the second day, a ServSafe Starters course in food safety will be held as well as how to handle and deliver food during a disaster. The course will explain how food can become unsafe through time and varying temperatures, cross-contamination and improper sanitizing. They will also discuss the importance of good personal hygiene when handling food.

ServSafe is a nationally recognized and accredited. It’s considered an industry standard in safe food handling and preparation, according to a press release.

The courses will be offered on Feb. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration is required, though the classes are free. Call 641-4141 to reserve a spot by Jan. 30.