Upcoming HCBA Disaster Relief Training
WHEN: August 23-24
WHERE: Red Bank Baptist Church (4000 Dayton Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN 37415)
COST: $36 for the required background check fee; Lunch will be available for $6
REGISTRATION: Register by emailing Doyle Pittman at firstname.lastname@example.org or By Clicking the link below:
Tennessee Disaster Relief Training Requirements:
- All volunteers must be 18 years old to serve.
- All volunteers must be a member of a cooperating Tennessee Southern Baptist church.
- We ask that you please take specialized classroom training after you have taken the prerequisite course of “Introduction to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.”
- Disaster Relief credentials and the yellow hat/visor will be given after “Introduction to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief” and specialized classes have been taken.
ASSOCIATIONAL INVOLVEMENT IN DISASTER RELIEF THIS PAST YEAR:
There are currently about 25 churches involved in Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief in Hamilton County with about 200 trained volunteers. This includes the following response teams:
Brainerd Feeding Unit – Contact: Bob Rann
Brainerd Hills – Chainsaw Trailer – Joel Crawford
New Salem Shower Trailer – Contact: Alan Rogers
Oak Street Laundry Trailer – Contact: Frank Copeland
Red Bank Chain Saw/Flood Recovery Trailer – Contact: Jim Denham
Ridgedale Shower and Laundry Trailers – Contact: Phillip Adams
Woodland Park – Chainsaw Trailer – 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 colleges:
Bayside Christ Community Concord Dallas Bay
Hickory Valley Hixson First Baptist Lookout Valley Morris Hill
Mt. Carmel Ooltewah Rechoboth Signal Mountain
Silverdale South Seminole Stuart Heights UT Chattanooga
Disaster Relief training was sponsored by Concord in April and by Red Bank in August with about 45 in attendance at each.
About 50 volunteers responded to four disaster callouts in the past year. This included responses to the following disasters:
Orange, TX Rebuild January and March 2018
Jacksonville, AL Tornadoes March 2018
Reedsburg, WI Flooding September 2018
Warsaw, NC Flooding October 2018
Several 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 ongoing response to the flash flood in Soddy-Daisy in September.
Collegiate and Hamilton County Disaster Relief Training Report
In the past year, we have trained 124 volunteers from 18 different churches in Hamilton County and 8 from outside our county trained for Disaster Relief, including 10 college students from the UTC Baptist Collegiate Ministries.
A Hamilton County disaster relief team served in Orange, Texas from March 20-27, 2018 to do rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. The team was made up of 16 volunteers from Mt. Carmel, Red Bank, and Woodland Park Baptist churches. Thank you for remembering them in prayer!
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.