Disaster Relief Ministry Areas
If you have questions about the various ministry areas in which you can serve, feel free to reach out to the Task Force leaders >>
In a disaster, while they attend to the family’s immediate needs, temporary childcare is provided to parents so that their children may have a clean, structured, loving and safe environment. We minister to the needs of the children from birth to 7 years old, often the forgotten victims in a disaster, as well as sharing Christ with their parents.
Chaplains in disasters provide caring ministry on the field of disasters, during and after the disaster occurrence, to any victim of the disaster, for a few seconds or for a few hours. The chaplain in disasters demonstrates compassion by being present in suffering. Sometimes like a “wounded healer,” he or she sits among the wounded to bind and unbind his or her own wounds slowly and carefully so that he will be able to immediately respond to bear the burden of another who is suffering. The chaplain in disasters practices the presence of God through prayer, listening, the spoken word, the Holy Scriptures and service. In the moment of crisis, many who are suffering desire an advocate who will plead their case before God, and in prayer they find comfort and assurance that God hears their plea. During the crisis, victims need to tell their stories and validate their feelings and sense of loss. Here the chaplain in disaster practices the presence of God in active listening and the spoken word. Often crisis also requires acts of service.
There is a great need for licensed, trained, and equipped emergency communicators in SBTC DR. You can become a valuable asset to the Disaster Relief ministry. Ham or amateur radio is a huge need but for disaster relief all we need to concern ourselves with is reliable communication. 2 meters and 70 centimeters are the bands most often used for relatively short distance communication. Five watt hand held transceivers (HT)s have a range of 1 to 5 miles. Truck based rigs of 50 watts can cover a considerable distance and cross-band repeaters in those truck based radios extend the range of the HTs. There are thousands of repeaters set up and maintained by amateurs all over the country that routinely extend the range by 40 to 50 miles. At license levels above Technician High Frequency, radios reach out to distances in the thousands of miles routinely. When regular modes of communication go down (which relies on equipment we do not control), we can still communicate with the equipment that is under our complete control. Becoming an SBTC DR communicator is very easy but it takes some commitment of your time, energy and personal resources. Do the following in any order that suits you:
- Phase I training in communications for Disaster Relief.
- Become a ham, study for and pass the Technician Amateur licenses exam.
- Purchase some equipment. A dual band Handheld Transceiver is all you need.
The Admin handles paperwork for SBTC Disaster Relief deployments including: checking-in of volunteers, printing of forms, filing of documents, set up of computers, printers, and internet, track office supplies, helping Team Leaders prepare their daily reports and the preparation of the White Hat’s daily site report.
Trainees for Admin Team must have had Assessment Training and at least one deployment in assessments before taking Admin Training.
The primary mission of a feeding unit is to feed and serve victims and relief workers during a disaster. A warm meal and a cup of water in Jesus name may be the seed to the salvation of a soul.
Clean Up and Recovery is the efforts of trained volunteers to help disaster victims return to their normal routine as before the disaster. The motivation for Clean Up and Recovery Ministry is "Serving Christ in Crisis." We are a family working together to serve Christ and our fellow man. We seek to share the love of Christ as we minister to the victims of disaster. This may be done in a few days with a few volunteers or it may take a long time and many volunteers. Disaster Relief is responding to the initial stages of the disaster as well as supporting the long-term recovery. The motivation of the Clean Up and Recovery Volunteer must agree with the motivation of the ministry. The word minister means servant and the volunteer must have a servant’s heart. No matter what status the victim is in society, they are the victim and we are the servants to help them recover and return to a normal routine in their lives. A servant's heart is primary to the Clean Up and Recovery volunteer.
The Shower and Laundry ministry was established to provide showers and laundry services to the SBTC volunteers working in a disaster area. The goal of SBTC disaster relief is sharing the “Hope of Jesus Christ.” In keeping with that goal, trained volunteers maintaining the mobile shower and laundry units are able to share Christ with individuals that use the services provided. These individuals may include emergency response providers, Red Cross members, utility providers and members of the community. Each unit may also provide Bibles, tracts such as “Hope in Crisis,” and comfort packages for those in need.