New volunteers are an essential part of meeting disaster relief needs across the nation.

  • Training fee is $30
  • Introduction to Disaster Relief and Ministry Area Training is 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (see training opportunities below)
  • Please note you must be 18 years of age to be a credentialed Kentucky Disaster Relief Volunteer.
  • You must be a member of a Kentucky Baptist church to be certified as a Kentucky Disaster Relief Volunteer.
  • All trainees (including those who are recredentialling), must complete a criminal background check, attend Introduction to Disaster Relief as well as retrain every three years in any class of your choice to remain a credentialed volunteer.
Ministry Area Descriptions

Introduction to Disaster Relief

This course gives a general overview of the work and ministry of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. It is required for all volunteers every 3 years, including those recredentialing.

Feeding / Safe Food

*Our most popular and often most needed call out following a disaster.

In this course learn about feeding operations to ensure the safe storage, handling, preparation, and distribution of food to disaster victims and workers. Nothing in the manual is to be construed as overriding state and local laws and regulations, nor are the guidelines designed to replace appropriate procedures currently being used in state disaster relief training.

Chainsaw Safety and Roof Tarping

Chainsaw Safety provides a brief overview of the safe operation of a chain saw team. As with any equipment, the operator should seek to gain as much knowledge and skill as possible about operating a chain saw.  Operating a saw at home is much different than around a team of people. Safety is critical for the safe operation of all involved.

Tarping a roof after a disaster helps prevent further damage to the home, so rebuilding may begin. Safety procedures and processes are taught to protect volunteers and property.

*A future course will be offered for chainsaw usage.  Please watch emails for announcements.

Flood Recovery

This course teaches safety and work procedures in home clean-up after a flood/hurricane. 

Damage Assessment

*Previous recovery (chainsaw/flood recovery) experience required.

Damage assessors visit homes effected by disasters and make first contact with the homeowner(s).  They make notes about the needs of the location, minister to the families, assess damage, complete the property owners request for assistance assessment form, and report back their findings.


*Two-day training, beginning on Friday at 1:00 pm. You must hold a current DR badge to attend.

Chaplains provide spiritual care to those affected by a disaster which includes, but not limited to, survivors, family members, and our own volunteers.

Mobile Communications

*Having amateur or “ham” radio experience is beneficial but not required.

When cell phone towers and phone lines are down, we still need the ability to communicate during a response.  Taking this course will teach you some basic skills and how to use the communications tools of Disaster Relief.

Temporary Emergency Childcare

Parents need to assess their homes after a disaster and need a safe place to leave their child(ren) while they tend to cleanup efforts. It is a ministry where children and parents are shown the love of Jesus at a time when care and attention are vital needs in their lives.

*A deeper level background check will be required to receive childcare credentials.

Evangelism in Crisis

Learn how to minister to the people you meet on responses with your presence, prayer, and conversation.

Water Purification

Learn about the need for filtered water, ways to purify water, different types of water filters for use when responding to disasters whether domestic or international.

Basic CPR

Learn the foundational skills for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

First Aid

The First Aid training will provide skills for providing basic care for open wounds, broken limbs, head injuries, etc.

DR Training Manuals

Coming soon

DR Promo Resources

Coming soon

Upcoming Trainings


March 18, 2023

Registration coming soon


April 22, 2023

Registration coming soon


September 9, 2023

Registration coming soon


October 14, 2023

Registration coming soon

Give to support Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief efforts.

Give online

Contributions can also be made by mail. Please make your check out to Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief.

Mail gifts to:
Disaster Relief
Kentucky Baptist Convention
13420 Eastpoint Centre Drive
Louisville, KY 40223


Disaster Relief Director

(502) 489-3401


(502) 489-3527
(866) 489-3527 (toll free in Ky.)