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Disaster Relief

First Baptist Ocala has several different units to dispatch depending on the relief effort needed: Clean Up & Recovery, Feeding Unit, Shower Unit.

FBC Ocala is part of Region 3 for DR Deployment but you are welcome to attending any of the trainings. The Florida Baptist Convention offers training each spring for Disaster Relief. This training is required if you want to assist the Disaster Relief teams when severe weather or disasters strike. 

Training Provided in these Disaster Ministry Areas (but not all are available at every training):

  • Mass Feeding
  • Cleanup & Recovery
  • Administration
  • Temporary Childcare
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Water Services
  • Spiritual Care
  • *Emergency Services Chaplaincy: Only offered on March 9, June 1 and June 22

First Time Volunteers
Registration Fee $35 per person

First Time volunteers will participate in our New Volunteer Class that is designed to prepare volunteers to be able to respond effectively with our ministry. Information will be shared to help answer the questions that all new volunteers typically have. The class lasts all morning.

After lunch, first time volunteers will be able to choose one to attend a Ministry Area Class to get specialized training in the area they most likely want to work. (Water Services is only available for Returning Volunteers)

You can cross train in other Ministry Areas by attending another regional training event. 

Price includes: background check fees, lunch, training materials, ID badge, t-shirt, hat and pin.

Returning Volunteers
Registration Fee $20 per person
Returning volunteers have several options:

  • During the morning, they may choose to get additional training in their primary ministry area in a specialized class or they may participatein our Spiritual Care class.
  • Volunteers that are interested in being trained for water purification will attend an all day class that is only open to returning volunteers.
  • After lunch, they may choose to attend another ministry area class to receive training in another specialty thus expanding their ability to minister.

Price includes: background check fees, lunch, training materials and t-shirt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend this training?

  1. Anyone who wants to become a new volunteer in the Florida Baptist Disaster Ministry or
  2. Any previously trained volunteer who wants additional training or needs to retrain. (Volunteers must retrain every 3 years)

Why do I have to be trained to be a volunteer?
Emergency Management Officials now require all volunteers to be credentialed by an organization
like ours before they are allowed to work in a disaster response area. Our training is designed to meet these requirements and prepare volunteers to do effective ministry when called upon.

How do I register?
There is no pre-registration. Register at the event site between 8:30 AM & 9:00 AM the day of the event.

Why is there a fee to attend?
The cost of training a new volunteer is more than $40. The fee is to help us offset some of the costs. Participants will receive DR shirt & hat, ID badge, training material, instruction and lunch for attending.
What about lunch? Lunch is prepared by trained feeding volunteers on one of our feeding units at the event. The cost of the meal is included in the registration fee.

Why isn’t there an event closer to me?
The training season can only be done between March and June because we have to be ready to respond to our most likely disaster, hurricanes, between July –October. With a limited number of weekends available, we have to do regional events. Our goal is to have at least 1 event within a 2 1/2 hour drive for volunteers to attend. We move the sites to different associations from year to year within specific regions.





Florida Baptist Disaster Relief



North American Mission Board
Disaster Relief

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