This is where TBM disasater relief training begins. It includes introduction and overview of the TBM Disaster Relief Ministries including the mission statement, history and brief overview of additional ministry opportunities within TBM.

This is a required orientation for all 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 to 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 TBM.

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

If you have any questions before the event, please call John Tanner at (832) 492-5148.

Specialty Training Descriptions

Basic Chainsaw Training

Target audience: TBM 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. This training is free; however, all attendees are required to purchase a manual at a cost of $12.00. Pre-registration online is required.

Flood and Fire Recovery Training

Target audience: TBM DR volunteers interested in participating in the DR Flood & Fire Recovery ministry.

This class equips the credentialed volunteers how to respond to survivors of floods and wild fires 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. There is no cost for this training. Pre-registration online is required.

Food Handling Class Training

Target audience: Yellow Cap volunteers who want to work with a TBM 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 TBM 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: TBM 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.