When storms come, disaster relief teams quickly follow — clearing debris, feeding the hungry, and much more.
Disaster Relief Units in South Carolina
Chaplains help crisis survivors take their first steps to spiritual and emotional recovery. Every unit is encouraged to have a chaplain, both to care for those we meet and those who serve. Steps in becoming a DR Chaplain
Sheltering teams open and maintain shelters for displaced or evacuated families. Often sheltering teams work alongside the Red Cross during and after a natural disaster.
Children’s Response teams set up temporary child care centers following an emergency. By providing a safe and caring place for children 7 and younger, these teams help children move toward recovery after the trauma of a disaster.
Mobile trailers with individual shower stalls, dressing areas, and water heaters provide clean showers for the survivors as well as volunteers aiding in the disaster response. Similarly, laundry units wash and dry clothes for disaster survivors as well as those working in the disaster area.
When phone lines go down, our communications unit gives DR leaders the ability to stay in touch with other leaders in our DR network as well as with other agencies working in the disaster area.
These volunteers assess the damage to homes from hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, and floods. Assessors gather information and help to prioritize jobs. They are often the first ones to connect with homeowners after a disaster.
After a major fire, these teams help homeowners remove ash and debris and recover personal belongings.
Command posts coordinate the volunteers’ work. Within the command post, volunteers help with logistics, operations, and administration.
These recovery teams remove trees, limbs, and brush from driveways, roofs, and yards. The teams include people who know how to use chainsaws, as well as those who can pick up and pile the debris.
Feeding teams help prepare and serve food for residents who don’t have electricity to cook at home, for shelter residents, or for volunteers working in the area.
Flood recovery teams remove water-damaged flooring, carpet, and sheetrock for homeowners, to dry out and sanitize the home to prevent growth of mold and mildew.
Rebuilding what was lost requires a variety of skill sets and a flexible team. Rebuild teams help with construction tasks — replacing floors, walls, and roofs.
Contact the Disaster Relief Team
Our office strives to disciple volunteers and leaders in service and evangelism so they are prepared to serve after a disaster. Contact us with any questions and to see how you can help.
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