Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief Coordinator

Doyle Pittman


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


Christ Community

Dallas Bay

Hixson First Baptist

Lookout Valley

Morris Hill




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.