Training for Disaster Relief
Training for Disaster Relief

SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief Training

About 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.

Want to register for a training?

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.


Featured Resources

The SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief Team has many resources to aid you in being prepared to respond to disasters.

Training Manual
What to Bring


Structure: Four Tiers of Volunteers in Virginia

Tier One

Untrained volunteers that can respond with their church to needs in their community. Churches are encouraged to develop a response plan to best use their members in an effective and safe manner. Ready Church consults can assist a church in developing a plan. Email for more details.

Tier Two

Non-credentialed volunteers that have completed online training in safety and basic Disaster Relief. They are able to respond after initial surge of credentialed volunteers and when authorized by State Director. They will be integrated into disaster relief teams with credentialed volunteers and leaders. They will be limited to specific tasks.

Tier Three

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

Tier Four

Tier Three Volunteers that have International Disaster Relief training.



Full Disaster Relief Credentialing
Saturday | 9:00am – 4:00pm


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



Disaster Relief Re-credentialing
Saturday | 9:00am – 4:00pm


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

Online Training Is A Required Pre-Requisite!*

“Introduction to Disaster Relief” Online Training

You are required to complete a portion of the DR training online! “Introduction to Disaster Relief” needs to be completed prior to attending our in-class portion of training. There are 10 sessions (each no longer than 20 minutes). After completing your online sessions, you will attend a Saturday session (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). The classroom sessions will focus on unit training. There will be three classes to choose from, and you can attend one (minimum), two or all three. The classes are; Chainsaw Operator (classroom only), Feeding Unit or Spiritual Care Provider. Each class will last about 2 hours. There will be one session before lunch and two after. During lunch there will be a short class on damage assessment. If you choose to attend just one class, after lunch you will be free to go. Please bring your online course proof of completion to the training event (the certificate can be printed upon completion).

Instructions for On-line training


Complete Online Training

To access online training, click below. Use coupon code SBCVDRNEW for the training to be free.


Upcoming Training Events



Indian River Baptist Church 1600 Laurel Ave, Chesapeake, VA 23325

This training event has been cancelled.



Christiansburg Baptist Church 2895 Roanoke St, Christiansburg, VA 24073

This training event has been cancelled.



First Baptist Church, Charlottesville 735 Park St, Charlottesville, VA 22902



Eastern Shore

Onley Baptist Church 25501 W Main St, Onley, VA 23418

This training event has been cancelled.

Training Schedule

8:30am | Registration

9:00am | Welcome and the Disaster Relief Process

9:30am | Spiritual Care

11:30am | Lunch

  • Damage Assessment

12:30pm | Elective Session One

  • Chainsaw Operator
  • Feeding Unit

2:30pm | Elective Session Two

  • Chainsaw Operator
  • Feeding Unit

4:30pm | Dismissed

Contact Our Team

Contact Us About Disaster Relief Training


State Missions Strategist; Director of Disaster Relief and Virginia Global Response



Administrative Assistant to Disaster Relief


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