**D.R. Training/Recertification is required to be involved in a callout**
(from the Kentucky Baptist Convention website)
You can register online at www.kybaptist.org or by calling KBC 1-800-266-6477.
When disaster strikes, some of the first to respond to help are Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers. Kentucky has an active disaster relief program which works in concert with similar programs in other states. Whether the disaster occurs in the state of Kentucky or elsewhere in the nation or the world, Kentucky volunteers may be called out to help.
Kentucky volunteers can staff feeding units designed to deliver thousands of hot meals on short notice, move in with chainsaws to help remove debris, do the dirty work of helping families remove mud from flooded homes and provide many other disaster relief services.
Ministering to the spiritual and emotional needs of the survivors of a disaster; that’s the role of the disaster relief chaplain.
Every disaster relief team needs at least one chaplain, trained to care for people in the midst of crisis, which is their assigned task. Going door to door in a neighborhood where a chainsaw team is working provides many opportunities of ministry to a chaplain. In addition, stand-alone teams of chaplains may be deployed to minister in disaster situations if requested by the associational director of missions or disaster relief coordinator. Chaplains are also trained to identify and care for other team members who may be overwhelmed by the situation of the disaster
Disaster Relief is a ministry within Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“Kentucky Baptists are part of a larger network of Southern Baptist volunteers trained to respond to disasters by manning mass feeding operations, using chainsaws to clear downed trees and limbs, clear mud out of flooded homes and more. Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers work in conjunction with other organizations such as th
e Salvation Army, the American Red Cro
ss and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As a whole, Southern Baptists compose the third largest relief organization in the United States.” (Excerpt from KBC website)
DISASTER RELIEF RECOVERY UNIT
Shortly after the April 2nd Tornadoes of 2006 in Christian County, KY, a group of individuals began the process to form a local disaster relief team for Christian County. Through donations from individuals and churches, in 2006 CCBA was able to purchase a trailer to be used as a recover unit for chainsaw, mudout and other disaster occurrences. To date our unit and volunteers have responded to many requests for assistance from Sturgis, KY; Todd Co. Church; Wapello Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; Muhlenberg Co., KY; Worthington, Indiana and Christian County during the April 2006 Tornado and the January 2009 Ice Storm. In 2009 there were CCBA team members who participated in the recovery efforts in Louisiana and Texas from Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike.
DISASTER RELIEF SHOWER TRAILER
In 2007 a Shower Trailer Unit was added. In September 2007, at the Christian County Baptist Association Annual Meeting, the Disaster relief team committee was recognized as a new ministry.In July 2008 the Shower Trailer unit was being transported to a call out for Iowa flooding and was destroyed due to high winds. In late 2008 an anonymous donor provided a generous donation to CCBA to purchase a replacement. The new unit went on its first call-out in the Summer of 2010 to assist flood victims in Eastern Kentucky.
DISASTER RELIEF CHILDCARE UNIT
A Disaster Relief Childcare Unit has been added to the fleet of CCBA Disaster Relief operations. This unit will be available to go into areas and provide childcare for the children of disaster victims. The construction process is almost complete on the trailer and the finishing touches are being done on the inside.
DISASTER RELIEF WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM
The Water Purification Trailer, the newest addition to the CCBA Disaster Relief, allows trained individuals to go into an area where the water systems may have been compromised due to damage from a natural disaster and convert potable water into clean drinking water for the community affected.