If a disaster strikes your community during the COVID-19 crisis, SBCV Disaster Relief (DR) will likely not be able to respond in ways that we have in the past. Local church volunteers need training! To facilitate Ready Church, DR orientation, we will be offering two three-hour DR Orientation sessions online through Zoom, a video conferencing resource, on April 4th and 18th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mark Gauthier, SBCV State DR Director, will host and use the videos already online. He will also cover general guidelines on a response with Social Distancing in mind.
All Disaster Relief Orientation and credentialing will be conducted in small groups facilitated by the local church using online training. Advanced training such as chainsaw operator, lead cook, unit leader or chaplain will be conducted in a classroom setting. Rather than SBCV conducting 8 or 9 trainings per year, there could be an unlimited number of churches that conduct trainings.
As a result of the ban on public gatherings, and in an effort to lessen the spread of the Coronavirus across our state and the country, the Advanced Disaster Relief Trainings that was scheduled for April 10-11 has been postponed. Thanks again for your understanding.
The SBC of Virginia has compiled resources for online giving, live streaming, and other resources to help your church with the coronavirus.
Untrained volunteers that are able to 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 consultants are available to assist a church in developing a plan. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Credentialed volunteers that have completed Disaster Relief Orientation. These are the Yellow Shirts.
Volunteers that have completed the Disaster Relief Orientation plus unit-specific trainings, Advance Chainsaw training, Unit Leader training or other advanced trainings. These are Yellow Shirts or Blue Caps who are assigned roles such as Unit Leader, Lead Cook and other positions of leadership.
Tier Three Volunteers that have International Disaster Relief training.
The local church will facilitate orientation for as few as 5 (no maximum number) participants:
The pastor does NOT have to attend training but may assign the role of facilitator to anyone of his choosing.