This is great opportunity to get started with TBM Disaster Relief or to expand your DR skills.

Orientation (on Friday evening) is where TBM Disaster Relief training begins. It includes an introduction and overview of TBM Disaster Relief ministries, including the mission statement, history and brief overview of additional ministry opportunities within TBM.

This orientation is required for all Disaster Relief volunteers, as well as for renewal of credentials. It 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.

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

The next stage of Disaster Relief involvement is specialty training, and five options are offered Saturday, April 20.

  • In the morning, Food Preparation and Shower/Laundry training are offered.
  • In the afternoon, Box Unit and Fire/Flood/Rebuild are available.
  • There is one training, Basic Chainsaw, which takes a full day.

You will be able to choose one in the morning and one in the afternoon or the all day session.

Dinner will be served Friday night during a break in orientation. Continental breakfast snacks, drinks and lunch will be provided prior to and during the training events Saturday.

If you have any questions before the event, please email Richard Shine 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.

Fire / Flood / Rebuild Training

Target audience: Texans on Mission DR volunteers interested in participating in the DR Flood & Fire Recovery ministry and rebuilding homes after disasters. 

This class equips credentialed volunteers how to respond to survivors of floods and wildfires by using appropriate equipment and procedures to clean homes and/or remove debris. It covers work procedures, equipment operation, and personal safety issues volunteers may encounter on deployments. This class also offers Instruction in assisting and leading construction projects using volunteers (generally not DR trained) to assist families and churches rebuild their homes. 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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