Helping Others in Times of Disaster
“ be ready for every good deed…Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.” Titus 3:1b, 14
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is a hands-on ministry provided by trained members of local churches to those affected by disasters of every kind. Our mission is to represent Jesus by bringing His help, healing, and hope to individuals and communities beset by the crisis, chaos, and confusion of natural and man-made calamity.
We currently have 65,000 trained volunteers in North America. There are very few days of the year, if any, when Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is not active somewhere in the country and around the world. Our ministries include mass feeding, flood, wind, and fire event clean-up, emotional and spiritual care, residential and church rebuild, water purification, and more. This ministry is supported financially by Southern Baptist churches and the highly motivated volunteers who come from those churches. The services provided by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief are an offering to God without charge to or discrimination against those who need them.
- Because the Bible tells you to be prepared to minister
- Because training is preparation
- Because that’s what people who strive for excellence do
- Because training keeps you sharp
- Because our Disaster Relief partners depend on you staying sharp
- Because training keeps you connected
- Because training strengthens your integrity
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) mobilizes individuals and churches, along with their resources, to serve victims of disaster and share hope, help and Christ with them. Our Pennsylvania/South Jersey DR chapter is strong and active, with trained volunteers from every region of the BRN and immediate response experience that includes front-line ministry in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other states.
God has done amazing things to help us prepare, equip and train for DR ministry. Through the diligent and hard work of volunteers and churches, several units are currently available for call-outs. Our ministry units include a feeding unit, a shower/laundry unit, several clean-up and recovery units, and a command and communications unit.
Please note that you must be 18 years old or older to train as a DR volunteer.
Do you have a heart for giving? Disaster Relief may be a place for you to use your gifts!
Criminal Background Checks:
Please note: Criminal Background checks must be completed before training.
It is now required that all trained volunteers have Criminal Background Checks before serving with SBDR. The Background Checks must be renewed every three years to coincide with the same time as the SBDR badge renewal. If a volunteer has a current Criminal Background Check through their church, please download a DR Clearance Verification form, and have it filled out by your church’s office staff and submit it to: Kenton Hunt, Baptist Convention PA/SJ, 4620 Fritchey Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or electronically by email to .
We have established an account with Protect My Ministry which allows volunteers to enter their own information. The fee is $10.00 and is payable by credit card on the site.
Our Document Library:
- Chainsaw Manual
- Chaplain Training Manual
- Church Preparedness Manual (2012)
- Feeding Unit Manual
- Mud-Out Manual
- Preparing to Serve Manual
- Spontaneous Affiliated Volunteer Agreement
- PA Verification Form for Volunteer Clearances
- NJ Verification Form for Volunteer Clearances
- Personal Information Form
- Release and Indemnity Form
- Volunteer Agreement with State Disaster Relief Director
- How to Pack
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