KS/NE Units

Kansas-Nebraska Disaster Relief Units

Volunteers assist wherever needed, in the US and beyond, in the following areas of service:

Field Kitchens

Preparing and, in some cases serving, hot meals is the backbone of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ministry.  With this in mind, every KNCSB volunteer is trained to work as part of the field kitchen team.  Specific training is provided in maintenance, warehouse operations, sanitation, cooking, situational and safety awareness, as well as team operations.

** After completing field kitchen 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 as well as field kitchen operations.

Damage Assessment

Incident Damage Assessment Teams go ahead of field kitchen, recovery and support teams to evaluate damage and inform follow-up teams on the scope of each job, including equipment that will be needed. This team usually consists of three people, an experienced incident management trained person, a pastor-chaplain, and a local volunteer from the geographic area being assessed. The goals of this assessment are to determine the overall situation, prepare a report that serves as the basis of the Incident Action Plan, and brief the affected SBDR  state director.

Basic Damage Assessment training consists of structural integrity and situational awareness, safety, team and SBDR organization and operations, and emergency management/SBDR communications requirements. Teams go ahead of field kitchen, recovery and support teams to evaluate damage and inform follow-up teams on the scope of each job, including equipment that will be needed. This team usually consists of three people, a person with construction/building trade experience, a pastor-chaplain, and a local volunteer from the geographic area being assessed. The goals of this assessment training are to determine, in more detail, the actual work to be completed by follow on teams, prepare a report outlining needs discovered, obstacle to be overcome, and deliver a briefing covering the report for local Southern Baptist leadership.

 Recovery Team Operations

Chainsaw operations teams remove 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. Basic chainsaw training consists of equipment familiarization and maintenance, situational awareness, safety, team organization, and operations. Experience in operating a chain saw is desirable, but not mandatory.

Mud-Out operations teams clean out houses, garages, sheds, barns, yards, streets and community areas, helping provide a safe environment after a flood disaster has occurred.  Often the job is to gut-out a flooded building, sanitize and prepare it for repair. Basic mud-out training consists of equipment familiarization and maintenance, situational awareness, safety, team organization, and operations,

Fire Clean-Up operations teams remove burned trees and other debris, sift through and remove ash to provide a safe environment after a fire has occurred. This type recovery operation often takes place with homeowners as they seek to recover items of value, literally to pick up the pieces of their lives. Basic fire clean-up training consists of equipment familiarization and maintenance, situational awareness, safety, team organization, and operations.

Members involved in recovery operations must be in good physical condition and willing to work in unpleasant, dirty situations.  Volunteers must be conscious of health and safety hazards, taking necessary measures in order to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way.

Members must be willing to attend training sessions in chainsaw operation, safety, mud-out, and fire clean up. They must be able to endure strenuous outdoor work.

On the job, every volunteer must keep 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 authorized safety gear to protect hands, head, ears, and eyes, as will as wear the proper clothing including chaps.


Rebuild Team Operations

After a home is readied for rebuild, construction teams provide knowledgeable manpower to assist victims rebuild their homes. This assistance includes electrical service connection, wiring, plumbing, drywall construction, floor installation, and painting. Basic rebuild training consists of equipment familiarization and maintenance, situational awareness, safety, and team organization and operations. 

Showers and Laundry

This team gives aid to relief workers and others who are in need by providing showers and laundry support in the disaster area.  The trailers have private shower stalls and some have washing machines, dryers, storage and folding areas.  Volunteers receive and assist those requesting their services, do laundry, sanitize showers, empty trash, replace needed supplies, and keep the trailer area neat and sanitized. Basic shower and laundry training consists of equipment familiarization and maintenance, situational awareness, safety, and team organization and operations.

Child Care


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.

Childcare 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.

Team members will travel to the disaster site and establish a childcare 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. Basic child-care training is extensive and consists of equipment familiarization and maintenance, situational awareness, safety, and team organization and operations.


 
Water Purification
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. Basic water purification training consists of equipment familiarization and maintenance, situational awareness, safety, and team organization and operations.
 
Medical Reserve Corps


The MRC is made up of disaster relief trained volunteers prepared to give medical aid to disaster victims.  Some are licensed or certified in different fields of medical care, and others serve as secondary personnel to make the team’s effort more efficient and provide care for more victims.

There must be a physician on every team, but any person who is interested can be a member.  Anyone willing to serve can be part of the team.  Some orientation in disaster clinics team operations is desirable.  The more medical knowledge one has, the more helpful they can be.  Professional people can be more efficient and see more patients if they have additional help. 

After attending Medical Reserve Corps training at a KNCSB Disaster Relief training session, an application must be filed for certification and registration. 

Volunteers must be fully documented in Disaster Relief and Medical Reserve Corps prior to being deployed on a team.  Once the documentation is completed and a background check is completed the volunteer is ready to serve.  Personal certifications and passport should be kept current.

 

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