Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is a Christ-centered partnership of national, state and associational ministries serving through the local church to bring help, healing and hope to individuals and communities affected by disaster. The IBSA Disaster Relief Ministry is comprised of 1,600 volunteers belonging to 37 teams based around the state who are committed to sharing the hope of Jesus with those whose lives have been impacted by disasters.
Our specialized areas of ministry include: chainsaw, flood recovery/mudout, food preparation, chaplaincy, childcare, shower unit, and the communications unit. More ministry information is available here: DR training descriptions
Disaster Relief Training Information
Disaster Relief Training Weekends involve a Friday evening and Saturday daytime schedule. The Chaplaincy class begins earlier on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. It is preferred for a new volunteer to attend the Friday evening Introduction to Disaster Relief 101 Class and then take specialty classes on Saturday. However, if your schedule only allows for you to attend on Saturday you can still become a certified Disaster Relief Volunteer. For more information about the weekend schedule, class descriptions, or frequently asked questions about Disaster Relief Training, see the links below.
IBSA Disaster Relief is a ministry of the Illinois Baptist State Association. Southern Baptists operate the nation's third-largest disaster relief organization, behind only the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Frequently Asked Questions
Disaster Relief Training Agenda Sample
All new volunteers are required to take Introduction to Disaster Relief 101. It is offered on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. There are two class periods on Saturday (morning and afternoon). Early registrations are encouraged and should be completed at least 2 weeks before the event. Training fees: New trainees - $30 Renewal - $10. Lodging cost is an additional $10 at Lake Sallateeska. You must bring your own bedding for dorm style sleeping.