We strongly feel that our first responsibility is to our home community. Because of this we do several
things including helping train those in our area that are interested in learning more and being more involved
in disaster relief.
We decided to have two training camps, one at our home church in Sarasota County and one in Manatee
County, the county just north of us at Braden River Baptist Church.
We contacted several people in the area who had experience in different areas of relief work and came up
with a great team of instructors for the trainings.
We opened the day with a general session. In Sarasota, Ed McCrane, the head of Sarasota County EOC
started things off with a short talk from the county. We couldn't get anyone from Manatee county to do
the same. I gave a devotion about why we do what we do and a small “pep” talk. Each track leader
introduced themselves and gave a brief overview of what they were going to be speaking on. When then
broke into our track sessions.
The following is the list tracks that were taught:
Prayer/Counseling in a Crisis
Distribution of Goods
We came up with the idea that everyone could go to level one of three different tracks in the morning.
We'd break for lunch and networking and then you'd choose which track you wanted to pursue and do
levels 2, 3 & 4 in the afternoon. Level 4 ended up in a round table discussion among the attendees. We
suggested that if more than one person from a church or ministry was present then they should split up to
get as much info as possible. Several people came to both training sessions to get as much info as they
could after they enjoyed the first sessions! We ended the day with general session 2 where each track
leader came up and did a summary of what went on during their day's sessions. We then took some time to
go over some general relief issues and suggestions. Shortly thereafter we closed the training and had
dinner together while we spent some time networking.
We asked that everyone who had any type of relief truck/trailer, etc to bring it to show others what
equipment they had and to give others an idea of what they were already doing.
We handed out surveys and got positive reviews from everyone. The only thing that seemed to be an issue
was that there wasn't enough time for everyone to attend all the tracks!
We'll be praying about having others as the Lord leads.
Update, we’ve done two more spring trainings since the one in 2008!