Disaster Relief Training

The SBC of Virginia offers training to equip members of SBC of Virginia churches so they are able to respond during times of disaster. Each training offers necessary instruction for volunteers to respond with other Southern Baptists around the world during times of disaster and crisis. The training is practical and allows those, 18 years old and above, to serve with confidence. Because of our partnerships with FEMA, Salvation Army, Red Cross, IMB, NAMB and other SBC State Conventions, we have a credentialing process that allows us to respond to the front lines of a disaster. Training events are offered across the Commonwealth; so, if a particular date does not work for you, there is another training within a couple hours drive.

Structure: Four Tiers of Volunteers in Virginia

Tier One

Untrained volunteers that can respond with their church to needs in their community. Typically using the Ready Church model.

Tier Two

Untrained volunteers that have participated in “just-in-time” training (safety and basic Disaster Relief for current event response).  Able to respond after initial surge of trained volunteers and when authorized by State Director.  They will be integrated with trained volunteers and leaders and be limited to specific tasks.

Tier Three

Volunteers that have completed the Introduction to Disaster Relief, two unit-specific trainings and are fully credentialed. These are Yellow Shirts.

Tier Four

Tier Three Volunteers that have International DR training.



Full Disaster Relief Credentialing
Saturday | 8:00am – 5:00pm


Training Materials | Lunch | DR Cap | DR T-Shirt | DR Identification Card
Criminal Background Screening (Required for DR Service)



Disaster Relief Re-credentialing
Saturday | 8:00am – 3:00pm


Training Materials | Lunch | DR Identification Card | DR Background Screening

2018 Training Events

Upcoming training opportunities in 2018 include:

Saturday, March 24


Saturday, April 14


Saturday, April 28


Saturday, May 5


Saturday, September 29


Saturday, October 6


Saturday, October 27


NEW: Online Training Available

“Introduction to Disaster Relief” Online Training

You can now choose to complete “Introduction to Disaster Relief” online! Completing this portion of your disaster relief training online will allow you to attend a shortened training event. After completing your online sessions, you may attend the Saturday morning session (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) and then leave. However, you can also choose to stay for the afternoon and select between Chainsaw Operator OR Spiritual Care Provider and be dismissed at 5:00 PM. Please bring your online course proof of completion to the training event.

Register for Online Training

Apply the coupon code below to receive your online training for free: SBCVDR (all caps)



Registration for 2017 events is now closed. Please check back soon for registration details for 2018!

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