This is where Texans on Mission (originally Texas Baptist Men) Disaster Relief training begins. It includes an introduction and overview of our disaster relief ministries, including the mission statement, history and brief overview of additional ministry opportunities within Texans on Mission.

This is a required orientation for all credentialed disaster relief volunteers and is required for renewal of credentials. This course is a pre-requisite for all other specialty training. Credentials received through this training are necessary for entry into disaster areas and are good for five years.

Sign up for the orientation and pick the specialty areas in which you'd like to serve. This will give the training and background check you need to begin delivering help, hope and healing after disasters through Texans on Mission.

Orientation is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Specialty training begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with most sessions ending at noon and one ending at 3 p.m. See specific times on the form below.

Orientation or recertification is a two-step process. First, register for classes below. Second, complete a background check by clicking here

If you have any questions before the event, please email Jerry Ickes, Coastal Plains East coordinator, at

Specialty Training Descriptions

Basic Chainsaw Training

Target audience: Texans on Mission DR volunteers wanting chainsaw training to work with the DR Chainsaw ministry.

Basic skills on how to safely operate chainsaws while helping survivors after a disaster. Basic tree felling and bucking techniques will also be reviewed/introduced. This is a full-day course with classroom training followed by hands-on training with a chainsaw. Students should come dressed for field operations — long pants, preferably long sleeve work shirt, work shoes or boots (tennis shoes and sneakers not permitted); no shorts or sandals. Chainsaws and safety equipment will be provided. All attendees will receive a manual. Pre-registration online is required.

Box Unit Training

Target audience: Texans on Mission DR volunteers interested in participating with a DR Box Unit.

Introduction and overview of the Box Unit ministry. The training provides an overview of the Box Unit ministry, deployment process, and box distribution techniques. Includes discussion on the history and need for this ministry, how and where we procure boxes, and the opportunities to witness to those we minister to. There is no cost for this training. Pre-registration online is required.

Food Handling Training

Target audience: Yellow Cap volunteers who want to work with a Texans on Mission DR Feeding Unit.

Basic Food Handler Class provides instruction on safely handling, preparing and serving food per the national food code as well as the Texans on Mission methods.  The class also gives an insight on what to expect on deployment from a feeding unit perspective. There is no cost to the volunteer for this training. Registration online is required.

Shower/Laundry Training

Target audience: Texans on Mission DR Volunteers interested in the shower/laundry ministry.

This course provides a general overview of the purpose and function of the Shower/Laundry Ministry. It also covers the basic procedures, deployment process, and safety procedures while operating within the shower/laundry ministry including the setup and stand-down of these units. There is no fee for this training. Pre-registration online is required.

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