Updated Sept. 17, 2014

Alert Update:

 Operations in the Detroit area are being shut down next week, more than a month after a storm system caused widespread flooding in both Detroit and Long Island.

For a story from a newspaper in the Detroit area about SBDR work there, please click here. flooded street in Detroit area

Although South Carolina flood recovery volunteers were going to assist in flooded areas in Long Island, New York, there were not enough available volunteers to make up a team for immediate deployment, so the Long Island operation is also being shut down.  The "mud-out" unit that was tentatively scheduled to serve Sept. 27-Oct. 3 has been stood down. Thank you to those who were willing to rearrange their schedules to go!

Please pray and consider training in mud-out. Floods occur more frequently than any other disaster, and more mud-out units and volunteers are needed in Disaster Relief.


When is the next Disaster Relief training?

Shelter Training

Sept. 22-23, 2014
6:00-9:00 p.m. each night

We are pleased to announce... a pilot training event held in partnership with the Florence Baptist Association, targeting the Pee Dee area.
       -  Monday night- Introduction to Disaster Relief for new volunteers
       -  Tuesday night- Sheltering Basics, led by a trainer from the American Red Cross
There is no cost for the training, but preregistration is required.
Please contact the Florence Association Office to register: fbaconnie@sc.rr.com or 843-662-5921

Regional Trainings

Mark your calendar to join us in 2015 for a regional training event in one of the following locations. Details about these 2015 events will be provided later.

  • February 21, Aiken
  • March 7, Florence
  • April 18, Spartanburg

As announced at last fall's training at White Oak, we have moved away from holding large-scale training in the fall, so that training events will not overlap with hurricane season.

SCDR Ministries 

Recently Completed:
It has been a busy summer for shower units in South Carolina! Ten different units served in approximately 31 different events or ministry weeks, supporting mission projects and providing ministry throughout the state. Some units served for one week or long weekend; others were used multiple times. Some were moved to various locations, while one unit spent eight weeks serving in the same location as different mission teams rotated through each week.

Many of the units provided shower facilities for youth groups on mission trips, including World Changers, the Methodists' Salkehatchie mission project, SummerSalt Atlanta, and others. Some units supported other types of mission projects such as sports camps, and one laundry unit even did a stint at the Little League World Series, washing the uniforms of young ball players as a ministry to the participating teams!

Thanks to all the volunteers who worked on those shower units. Your efforts made it possible for many people to serve the Lord on mission this summer!

2014 Chaplains Conference

Sept. 22-23, 2014
White Oak Conference Center

Although not a Disaster Relief-sponsored training, this event provides an opportunity for SCDR-trained chaplains who are interested in further training. It is sponsored by the SCBC Missions Mobilization Group.

Helpful for all chaplains and pastors, the event's intended focus is on training those who serve people that suffer losses - physical, relational, material, and other ways. Those attending the full conference will receive a certificate of accreditation from the Critical Incident Stress Foundation for CISM: Grief Following Trauma. Click Here for information/registration.

Disaster Relief Office

The Disaster Relief Office strives to train leaders, develop new teams, and lead in Christian discipleship and evangelism in the area of Disaster Relief as SC Baptists bring help, healing, and hope during local, state, national, and international disasters. 

Contact Us:

Randy Creamer, Director
Disaster Relief & Men's Ministry Office

803.227.6174 (Direct Line)

800.723.7242 (Toll Free)
803.799.1044 (Fax)