Disaster Relief

We know what you are asking yourself…


Our Disaster Relief Teams are doing a phenomenal job right now with what they have, but it would help them tremendously to have access to more resources.

If you would like to give financially to the Disaster Relief Fund at Hamilton County Baptist Association please make your check out to:

Hamilton County Baptist Association and designate it

“Disaster Relief 2020”
Then put our mailing address below:

4062 South Access Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37406

As you remember, Hurricane Dorian caused extensive damage to the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands last September. Tennessee Disaster Relief and the international Baptist Global Response (BGR) have been exploring opportunities to assist with recovery on Grand Bahama. As a result, BGR has asked us to assist two Baptist churches on the west side of Grand Bahamas in fixing their facilities and, from there, assisting the community at large. At our Associational Annual Meeting in October, we as an association of churches voted to take part in this ministry. A team visited this area in December to scope out the project. The pastor from St. Peters Baptist Church, West End, hosted them, which is one of the churches that needs repairs. Plans are being made to send teams to Grand Bahama Island beginning in March.

We recently had our informational meeting at our office where Don Harvey and Doyle Pittman discussed their trip to the Bahamas in December. Based on the needs of a couple churches there, the teams are not just limited to disaster relief trained volunteers. The teams will be staying at the St. Peters Baptist Church in West End, Grand Bahama and will be responsible for paying their own travel. The church members will provide meals. Pray for those coming to the meeting to see if the Lord might be leading them to participate. If you would like more information on this ministry opportunity, please get in touch with Doyle Pittman at dpittman12@epbfi.com

Prayerfully consider what the Lord might be leading you or your church to participate in. Below are some pictures from the trip in December. Please contact me if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT! The upcoming Regional Disaster Relief Trained scheduled for May 2nd has been postponed for the time being.

Send questions to Doyle PIttman at dpittman12@epbfi.com .

The below information about the eventual training and registration in the future have not changed:

Tennessee DR Training Facts:

  • All volunteers must be 18 years old to serve.
  • All volunteers must be a member of a cooperating Tennessee Southern Baptist church.
  • In order to be fully credentialed, you must take at least one specialized classroom training (e.g. chainsaw, flood recovery, mass feeding, shower/laundry, etc.) and the “Introduction to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief” course.
  • Disaster Relief credentials and the yellow hat/visor will be given after “Introduction to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief” and specialized classes have been taken.


Because of directives from Homeland Security, FEMA and other national agencies related to the training and screening of volunteer disaster relief workers, there is a cost recovery plan. The cost of a new 3 year (ID badge) credential is $36.00 (for newly trained volunteers or those that had credentials that expire in 2020). The new badge will expire in three years.  Payment can be either by cash or check to Tennessee Baptist Mission Board or TBMB.

Annual Report for 2019

It was another busy year for disaster relief as about 120 Hamilton County Baptist volunteers responded to disaster callouts.  This included responses to the following disasters:

Location                                Type of Response                               Date                                                                      

Leesburg, GA                       Chainsaw                              October 2018

Soddy-Daisy, TN                 Flooding                                October – November 2018

Warsaw, NC                         Rebuild                                  January 2019

Spring City, TN                   Flooding                                February 2019

Knoxville, TN                      Flooding                                February 2019

Chattanooga, TN                 Flooding                                February 2019

Pine Bluff, AR                     Flooding                                August 2019

Volunteers from the following churches and organizations participated in these callouts:

Abba’s House                         Bayside                         Brainerd Hills                    Christway                       Concord

Dallas Bay                              Mt. Carmel                     Oak St.                             Ooltewah                        Red Bank

Ridgedale                              UTC Baptist Collegiate Ministry                               Woodland Park

Local participation events included the New Salem and Ridgedale shower trailers being used, along with the Brainerd feeding unit, again this year for participants in the Chattanooga World Changers in July and Brainerd Hills feeding the Chattanooga Police Department a meal.

There are currently about 20 churches involved in Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief in Hamilton County with about 180 trained volunteers.  This includes the following response teams:

Brainerd Feeding Unit and Chain Saw Unit – Contact:  Bob Rann

Brainerd Hills Chain Saw Unit – Contact:  Joel Crawford

Concord Recovery Unit – Contact:  Richard Pershey

Mt. Carmel Chain Saw/Flood Recovery Unit – Contact:  David Owens

New Salem Shower Trailer – Contact:  Alan Rogers

Red Bank Chain Saw/Flood Recovery Unit – Contact – Jim Denham

Ridgedale Shower and Laundry Trailers – Contact – Phillip Adams

Woodland Park Chain Saw Unit – Contact – Rick Taylor

Hamilton County Response Team – Contacts – Doyle Pittman or Stephanie Hudman

The Hamilton County Response Team is made of volunteers from the following churches and university:

Abba’s House                        Bayside                     Christ Community                  Dallas Bay              Hixson First Baptist

Lookout Valley                     Morris Hill                          Ooltewah                         Rechoboth                     Silverdale

Stuart Heights                      The Point                    UT Chattanooga                    White Oak

Disaster Relief training was sponsored by UTC Baptist Collegiate Ministry in December 2018 and the East Tennessee Regional training by Red Bank in August with about 10 and 70 in attendance, respectively.  About 10 Hamilton County volunteers received certification to teach DR classes by attending training at the Missions Mobilization Center in Mt. Juliet in February.

Disaster Relief Training Costs:

Because of new directives from Homeland Security, FEMA and other national agencies related to the training and screening of volunteer disaster relief workers, we have begun a cost recovery plan. The cost of a new 3 year (ID badge) credential is $36.00 (for newly trained volunteers or those that had credentials that expire in 2015). The new badge will expire in three years (2018), effective January 1, 2015.

This fee will cover not only the cost of the ID and background check but also the cost of any of the basic training courses a volunteer wants to take (except for First Aid classes and other specialized classes such as ServSafe.