Preparing and serving hot meals is the backbone of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ministry. With this in mind, every Oklahoma volunteer is trained to work on the feeding team. Specific training is provided in maintenance, warehouse, sanitation, cooking and line serving.
After completing feeding team training, volunteers may train in other areas of Disaster Relief service. Assessment team members must have previous training in our Disaster Relief chain saw and mud-out recovery work.
The chain saw team removes damaged trees and other debris blocking doorways and/or driveways, trees leaning against homes, and limbs broken through roofs or causing a hazard in yards. Experience in operating a chain saw is desirable, but not mandatory.
Members must be willing to attend training sessions in chain saw operation and safety and must be able to endure strenuous outdoor work.
On the job, every volunteer must put safety first. Team members are expected to be constantly on the alert for hazards and take the necessary precautions to protect both self and others. Volunteers are required to use safety hear to protect hands, head, ears, and eyes, as will as wear the proper clothing including chaps.
This group of volunteers cleans out houses, garages, sheds, barns, yards, streets and community areas, helping people to have a safe environment after a disaster has occurred. Often the job is to gut-out a flooded building, preparing it for repair.
Child care volunteers provide a calm atmosphere and competent, loving care for children. Care is provided to give parents the opportunity to salvage remains of belongings, meet with helping agencies and insurance representatives, and take care of other business.
Team members will travel to the disaster site and establish a child care center in temporary space, using books, toys and other resources that they will take to the disaster site. The center is set up in the best available space adjacent to the areas to be serviced. It may be located in a school, church or business that is unaffected by the disaster. Volunteers will care for the children during the day. The center is usually open from 8:30 am to 5:40 pm.
Child care volunteers should love children and have previous experience working with preschoolers and elementary-age children. Team members must consent to a background check before serving.
This group provides clean water after a disaster has occurred. Portable water purification units are used to sanitize available water on location, making it safe for drinking, cooking, bathing and other uses.
The MRC is made up of DR trained volunteers prepared to give medical aid to disaster victims. They have been approved by Homeland Security for this service. Some are licensed or certified in some field of medical care, but others serve as secondary personnel to make the team’s effort more efficient and to care for more victims.