Disaster Relief Training - Tracy

Those interested in working in a disaster area through Southern Baptist Disaster Relief must complete an orientation training course along with at least one focused class. Volunteers meeting these requirements and completing a background check will receive a California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief identification badge, and a gold DR hat and t-shirt which are recognized as the Southern Baptist uniform only to be displayed when deployed with a team working under Blue and White Hat leaders.

This training event is for new volunteers, those who desire to be re-certified or those who are currently certified and wish to take additional training.


CHAPLAINCY (Friday & Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm)

This training for DR chaplaincy is related to non-threatening spiritual care and emotional support for disaster survivors and team members. This discipline also provides resources for effective coping, stress management and spiritual wellness. This class will include the required New Volunteer Orientation along with Operational Stress First Aid (OSFA).

    FEEDING AND LOGISTICS (Friday & Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    FEEDING: The first section of training for the Feeding Team is to complete the required New Volunteer Orientation which will be presented Friday morning. This is followed by three separate classes. After Orientation, you will be asked to choose one of the three classes below:

      1. Feeding 101 is the basic feeding class that equips participants to serve effectively in a feeding kitchen. It covers food safety, personal responsibility, sanitation and managing warehouse/inventory.
      2. Feeding 102* is a NEW advanced feeding class that explores food safety in greater depth, allows participants to deepen their feeding skills and helps strengthen the feeding response team. *Feeding 101 is a prerequisite for this class.
      3. Logistics/Maintenance: This NEW class prepares participants to handle propane/diesel fuels, electrical and other needs necessary for setting up mobile kitchen, shower and/or laundry trailers. Safety issues, set-up concerns and other aspects of the Logistics/Maintenance team will be addressed.

      Feeding 101, Feeding 102 and Logistics/Maintenance combine to set up a mobile kitchen trailer.

      Saturday these three classes will work together to complete kitchen setup, prepare lunch, tear down and pack the kitchen trailer.


        *Chaplaincy and Feeding classes continuing from Friday

        ORIENTATION AND ADMINISTRATION (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)

        Orientation is REQUIRED for all new volunteers and recertification. This class is NOT for those who are attending Chaplaincy and Feeding classes since this material is covered in class.Administration session equips attendees to use the SBDRM app (FormStack) and support the team while in the field.Bring smart phone or tablet to practice while in the class.After lunch, you will attend ONE of the THREE classes listed below


        Prepares participants to perform ash-out or mud-out cleanup jobs, including specific information about each process.


        Participants will learn how to conduct the ministry of providing showers and laundry services to disaster survivors as well as team members. This class focuses on the ministry related to providing these services rather than the mechanics of setting up the trailers.


        This class gives the basic structure and use of the Incident Command System to safely and effectively guide response teams in ministering to disaster survivors. This is valuable for Blue Hats and includes a table-top exercise.

        Disaster Relief Course Cost:

        Through April 1:After April 1:
        New Volunteer Certification Training (hat, shirt, DR pin & background check included) (Friday & Saturday) $75 $90
        (Saturday Only) $50 $65
        Currently Certified, taking additional classes/recertification; expired badge . . . . . . . . . (Friday & Saturday) $50 $65
        (Saturday Only) $25 $35

        Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and classes begins promptly at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.Continental breakfast and lunch are provided both days.

        This Convention serves our culturally diverse congregations as we fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.