Disaster Relief Ministry

FBCA Disaster Relief Ministry

Serving People in their darkest hours

http://www.fbcalexandria.org/uploads/VBMBdisasterrelieflogocmyk.gifFirst Baptist provides relief to those who find themselves victims of disasters in Virginia, the U.S. and around the world. We work in partnership with the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Baptist state conventions, agencies and other national and international partners to bring relief and hope to those in need. FBCA is the host for the NOVA Water Purification trailer and provides the first response team in the event of a disaster. Interested in training? Contact John Copeland at 703.299.3610 or Anna Bennett at vtarch03@yahoo.com.


June 3, 2013. We have been asked to field a team to travel to Indiana and assist with recent flooding that many residents experienced. Mud out teams are needed this coming week and possibly next week. If you can leave this coming Tuesday June 4 or next weekend then please reply to this message or call the DR Hotline (804.545.1212) and give us your contact and transportation information. We will know more details on Monday June 3rd.

Also, we will be needing teams to assist with rebuild work from Hurricane Sandy on the Eastern Shore during the summer months. If you are interested in this opportunity then please let me know.

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Ministry planned for this summer

Sandy InsulationAfter four months of disaster relief ministry, including Christmas and Spring Break student initiatives, Southern Baptist leaders are making preparations to welcome teams of volunteers to New York and New Jersey this summer to help homeowners continue recovering from the damage left by Super Storm Sandy. All of the details have not been finalized but the information below should assist groups making decisions about whether to include the Sandy Recovery ministry in their plans for this summer.

Additional information will be posted at www.namb.net/sandy as details become available.
  • We anticipate having housing for as many as 150 volunteers per night available beginning May 1, 2013.
  • Information concerning how to register a team will be available soon at www.namb.net/sandy
  • Volunteers will be housed in large groups separated by gender. We will not be able to provide housing for individual groups, families or couples.
  • Participants must have completed at least the 7th grade prior to arrival, or be at least 14 years of age. No one who has not completed at least the 7th grade will be permitted in the housing area or on worksites unless they are at least 14 years old.
  • Teams must include at least one adult, aged 21 years or older of the same gender, for every five participants under 18 years of age. This means a team with 7 girls and 3 boys aged 14-17 must include at least 2 women and 1 man 21 years or older.
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $15 per person will be required for each participant.
  • $15 per person per night will be charged for housing and meals.

Most of the cleanup work has been completed, however there may be some tear out of flooded homes that teams could be asked to do. Other work we expect teams might take on includes:

  • Carpentry
  • Roofing
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Insulation
  • Dry wall installation and finish
  • Ceramic tile, laminate, and hardwood floor installation
  • Painting

Groups interested in taking part in the Sandy Recovery Ministry should contact the coordinators at sandy@namb.net.