Laura Smelter

Director of Training, Christian Health Service Corps

Respond Well: Knowing and Applying International Principles and Standards in Disaster and Refugee Response

  • Breakout Session
  • Main Building WC 454
  • November 11 2017 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • P, AAFP, PA, NP, N, D (1 hour)

Daily headlines of disasters and crises can overwhelm or prompt us to action. This session will empower participants to effectively contribute to international response efforts through knowledge and application of life-saving and dignity-upholding elements as outlined by the international response community in the “Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.” Participants will explore legal, ethical, and Biblical principles for responding well.


1) Identify resources for becoming engaged responsibly in international disaster and refugee response efforts.
2) Discuss practical applications of international disaster and refugee response principles and standards.