JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Are you prepared to respond the next time a disaster strikes?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now requires all volunteers to be credentialed by an official organization, which includes Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, before they are allowed to work in a disaster response area.
Florida Baptists will have five remaining opportunities to receive this training.
These Florida Baptist Disaster Relief training events will be held across the state during the next three months to equip first time and returning volunteers. The training will fulfill all requirements and prepare volunteers to effectively minister during a crisis.
Not only should first time volunteers be trained to be credentialed, returning volunteers must be retrained every three years to maintain their expertise.
The five training events scheduled will take place at the following locations: Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church, April 5; First Baptist Church in Umatilla, April 26; First Brazilian Baptist Church of South Florida in Pompano Beach, May 5; First Baptist Church in Milton, May 31; and Immanuel Baptist Church in Tallahassee, June 21.
Earlier this spring training events were held in Jacksonville and Sarasota.
Training is provided in seven areas: mass feeding; cleanup and recovery; administration; temporary childcare; emergency response team; logistics; and spiritual care.
The training in each location will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Lunch is included.
Registration cost for new volunteers is $30 per person and includes background check fee, lunch, training materials, ID badge, T-shirt hat, and pin. Registration for returning volunteers is $15.
There is no pre-registration. For more information go www.flbaptist.org/disasterrelief. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 800-226-8584, ext. 3121.
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