Disaster Relief Coordinator
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:
Hixson First Baptist
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.