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Starting October 20 2014, 02:00 PM
Ending October 24 2014, 12:00 PM

2014 Applied Institute for Disaster Excellence (AIDE)

Catholic Charities USA invites you to the annual 4th Annual Applied Institute for Disaster Excellence (AIDE)!  

AIDE 2014 will be held at Gull Lake Ministries, Hickory Corners, MI from 2:00 PM EDT on Monday, October 20th, until at 12:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 24th. This program is designed to equip the Catholic Charities network, diocesan staff, and partner agencies for their roles in disaster preparedness and response. AIDE offers the Catholic Charities network, Dioceses and Parishes an unparalleled opportunity to engage colleagues on critical disaster issues and to prepare for disasters. When a disaster strikes, agencies and parishes are called to be prepared; not only to continue their own operations, but also to meet the immediate and long-term needs of their parishioners and general community.  Three focused learning tracks are available for a tailored learning experience:

  • Disaster 101: Foundations in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Appropriate for staff and volunteers with limited formal training in disaster strategies.
  • Disaster 201: Builds upon the CCUSA semi-annual Disaster Preparedness and Response Training (formerly held) and Disaster 101 track. Appropriate for staff who have been formally trained by CCUSA in disaster strategies.
  • Diocesan: Equips diocesan and/or parish-ministry based staff and volunteers for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery strategies specific to the unique needs of dioceses and parishes. 

*During the registration process participants are invited to select the most appropriate track for their training needs. Click here to see the full AIDE 2014 schedule   

This hands-on disaster preparedness, response and recovery training is recommended for all Catholic Charities agency staff, including programmatic staff and agency directors, Diocesan staff and other personnel designated as having a role in disaster activities. This is also open to Parish staff and partner agency members (ex. Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.).


Take advantage of our Special Rates! Registration includes all lodging, meals and materials for the training at one low rate:

              Single Occupancy: $ 489.00

Double Occupancy: $ 449.0

Paying by check? Please complete this form and submit to CCUSA (instructions on form). Paying by credit card? Continue the registration process below.

Special Note:

*A special rate  of only $250.00 has been arranged for local attendees wishing to commute to the training (overnight accommodations not included). Please contact Fani Cruz  for more details.

For More information visit  AIDE Frequently Asked Questions page or Contact Fani Cruz 

Event Location

Gull Lake Ministries
1988 Midlake Drive
Hickory Corners, MI  49060


AIDE 2014 will take place at Gull Lake Ministries, Hickory Corners, MI ( Your registration fee covers room and board. AIDE will begin at 2:00 PM EDT on Monday, October 20th, and conclude at 12:00 PM EDT on Friday, October 24th. Please make your travel plans accordingly. Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements at their own expense to and from the Retreat Center. The nearest airport is the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (