Disaster Relief

DISASTER RELIEF

Our 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.

Upcoming Events

November 8-9, 2019 - Disaster Relief Chaplain Training
SC Baptist Convention
12:30pm (Friday) - 4:00pm (Saturday)
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March 14, 2020 - Disaster Relief Training (Lowcountry)
Summerville Baptist Church
8:15am - 4:15pm

April 18, 2020 - Disaster Relief Training (Upstate)
Brushy Creek Baptist Church
8:15am - 4:15pm

Donations

South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief brings help, healing and hope to devastated families and communities by providing aid to victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. We mobilize and equip thousands of volunteers to share the love of Jesus Christ through feeding units, shower/laundry units, mud out crews, chainsaw crews and other types of units. 100% of your donation goes toward our response efforts and not toward administrative costs. You can donate online by choosing an option below or by making a check payable to South Carolina Baptist Convention. To donate to a specific cause, please write the name of the cause on the memo line of your check.  Mail to:  P. O. Box 212999, Columbia, South Carolina  29221-2999. The South Carolina Baptist Convention is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the South Carolina Baptist Convention are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our tax identification number is 57-0360087.

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DR Units in South Carolina
Chaplaincy

These are volunteers trained to help crisis survivors gain a measure of cognitive control after a disaster. Through compassionate hearts, listening ears, and encouraging words, chaplains bring the presence of the Holy Spirit to those in need, encouraging resiliency and introducing them to Jesus Christ. Every type of Disaster Relief unit is encouraged to have a chaplain as a part of their team, and at times there is the need for actual teams of chaplains to respond to a disaster.

Sheltering

This is not a physical unit, but rather teams of volunteers. Sheltering teams open and maintain a shelter for displaced or evacuated families in times of disaster. Often sheltering teams work alongside the Red Cross in offering this ministry. These are usually short-term deployments, but provide a vital service for people who cannot stay in their homes during or after a disaster event.

Children's Response

These units provide a safe and caring place for children (birth – age 7) to receive care and attention while their parents are dealing with the aftermath of a disaster. Children’s Response Teams focus on helping children to begin moving toward recovery from the trauma of the disaster event.

South Carolina has two Children’s Response units, each equipped with furnishings, supplies, and materials to set up a temporary child care center in or near a disaster area.

Shower/Laundry

Shower units provide clean showers for the victims of a disaster and/or for DR volunteers working in the disaster response. The mobile trailers include individual shower stalls with dressing areas, as well as water heaters, towels, and supplies of soaps, shampoos, etc. 

Laundry units are equipped with washers and dryers, so that volunteers can clean the clothes of disaster victims as well as those of DR volunteers working in the disaster area. Although they may be separate units, often laundry units are combined with shower units. 

This ministry is ideal for couples wanting less stressful ways to assist in a disaster response.

Communications

These units provide two-way messaging when phone systems are down after a disaster. Volunteers, leaders, and those related to the volunteers back home need a link to the response effort at all times. The units are prepared to use radio systems to provide voice communications, as well as Internet communications via satellite. South Carolina has two Communications units.

Fire Recovery (Ash-Out)

These units assist homeowners after massive fires (like those that occur out west) by removing ash and debris. An important part of this work is sifting through the ashes to look for personal belongings of the fire victims. As with flood recovery (mud-out), ash-out work provides great opportunities to relate one-on-one with disaster survivors.

Incident Command

South Carolina has one mobile command post unit which can be set up on site in a disaster area to coordinate the work of the various units and teams that respond to the disaster. An offsite command post is also maintained at the South Carolina Baptist Convention Building in Columbia during any active disaster responses involving teams from our state.

Assessment

Assessors are on the ground shortly after a disaster to assess the damage from hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and floods. They are trained to use forms developed by disaster responders to provide information and prioritize jobs for recovery teams. Assessors often are the first point of contact to connect homeowners in need with the volunteers of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief who can help to meet their needs physically and spiritually.

International
(Baptist Global Response)

This is not a physical unit, but rather teams of volunteers who provide Disaster Relief ministry in other nations. A higher level of training is required of volunteers who wish to serve internationally, and the time frame of a deployment is longer due to the extended travel required to reach the site.

Chainsaw

Chainsaw units are a type of recovery team that responds quickly during a time of disaster, removing trees, limbs, and brush from driveways, roofs, and yards. Safety is of utmost importance when working on this unit. Teams include those who know how to use chainsaws and also those who can serve as “brush-pullers” to pick up and pile the cut debris.

South Carolina has more chainsaw units than any other type of unit.

Mass Feeding

The purpose of these units, obviously, is to prepare and serve food at a disaster site. Emphasis is given to cleanliness and safe food handling practices. Depending on the disaster response situation, meals may be served for area residents who do not have electricity to be able to cook at home, for shelter residents, and/or for Disaster Relief teams that are working in the area. 

South Carolina has five Mass Feeding units and numerous support/back-up teams.

Flood Recovery (Mud-Out)

Floods occur more frequently than any other type of disaster, therefore flood recovery units are the most-needed type of DR unit. Teams working in this area are prepared to remove flooring, carpet, and sheet rock to help dry out and sanitize a home after a flood. This ministry is hard and very dirty, but provides great one-on-one opportunities with disaster victims.

Rebuild

This type of recovery team assists with construction tasks, including replacement of floors, walls, roofs, electrical, and plumbing. A variety of skills are needed among members of these teams. A high degree of flexibility is required of volunteers desiring to assist in the rebuild process.

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