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Disaster Responder Training Opportunities

THE IRIS RELIEF LOCAL RESPONDER TRAINING COURSE
Equip members of local churches to respond to situations of crisis and disaster within their communities. This training course entails 32 hours of classroom teaching and practical activities. Program graduates will receive a three year certification as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Member and a Local Disaster Spiritual Care Provider. Upon successful completion of the training course, a certificate of completion and ID card will be issued. Graduates may pursue further training through the IRIS Relief Deployed Disaster Responder five- level credentialing system.

32 HOUR COURSE
1. Introduction to Iris Relief and the Iris Network
2. A Biblical Basis for Disaster Response Ministry
3. Disaster Preparedness
4. Fire Safety and Utility Control
5. Disaster Medical Operations
6. Light Search and Rescue Operations
7. CERT organization
8. Disaster Psychology
9. Disaster Spiritual Care (DSC)
10. Terrorism and CERT
11. Emergency Needs Assessment
12. Review, Final Exam, and Disaster Simulation

4 HOUR COURSE
Iris Relief offers a condensed four- hour course to equip local workers during the response period following a disaster. This course provides on- site certification to equip workers to provide immediate aid.

Hurricane Maria- Puerto Rico

Since the storm made landfall on September 20, Hurricane Maria has wreaked havoc on the island. Currently, we have dispatched disaster response teams to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. We partnered with Watts of Love and distributed over 1,000 solar powered lights in the mountainous, and rural regions of the island. We are continuing our efforts by connecting with churches, business leaders, government officials and non-profits to partner in the rebuilding process. Our desire is to continue giving hope, and train the local residents in disaster preparedness and response.

Hurricane Harvey Relief- South Texas

Devastating floods and damage from Hurricane Harvey leaves thousands of people of the population of Texas displaced by torrential rain, flooding, and damage. Iris Relief deployed to south Texas from August 30th - October 3rd. Throughout this deployment, we had 92 people that served a total of 1,909 man hours. Our teams were deployed in the cities of Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Refugio, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Fulton, Ingleside, Tivoli and several neighboring communities.
We ministered in these communities by performing:
● House muck outs
● Debris removal
● Tree removal
● Chaplaincy - spiritual and emotional care
● Cooling stations and health screenings with FEMA POD’s in Rockport & Ingleside
● Distribution of solar lights with Watts of Love
● Distribution of donated relief items
● Rapid training and deployment

None of this could have been possible without the help of our partner ministries, organizations, businesses and the generous financial contributions that we received. Each home our teams served at received prayer, encouragement, and a message of hope. We were also able to get various supplies into communities that were in need. These supplies included food, water, tarps, diapers, pet food, bedding, cleaning supplies, and other donated items.

In the time that IR deployed, there was a lot of progress in these communities. However, the rebuilding stage is estimated to last up to 10 years. Iris Relief is continuing to partner with FEMA, Rock City Church, and the local communities to determine how we can help in the rebuilding stage.

Earthquake Strikes Taiwan February 2018

The magnitude 6.4 quake struck late Tuesday 22 kilometers (13 miles) north of the city, killing at least eight people and injuring 262 others, authorities said. It also damaged bridges and buckled roads in and around Hualien, a city on the island's northeastern shores. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/07/asia/taiwan-earthquake-hualien-intl/index.html

Iris Relief Leaders School Summer 2018

Become an Advanced Certified Disaster Response Missionary We want to invite you to come attend our Iris Relief Leaders School. The school is this summer at Iris Abilene: Camp Barkeley. The purpose of the school is to train and equip Certified Responders to bring the hope and love of Jesus to others in times of crisis. Iris Relief is a recognized international relief organization. This distinction allows us to send teams, as first responders, to minister in the power and love of the Holy Spirit. To apply, visit http://www.irisglobal.org/missions/harvest/iris-relief-leaders-school For more information, please email us at info@irisrelief.org Come, be a part of our Iris Family. You are invited! Join us!

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Act Now

Pray
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
- Matthew 6:10
  • For all those affected by the flooding and damage
  • For the safety of our Iris Relief teams as they deploy to bring food and relief supplies needed
  • About how you can respond to this crisis
Spread the word
You can make a difference. Spread the word about relief efforts by posting a link on Facebook, other social media platforms, writing a blog, telling your friends and co-workers, sharing at church, and more.
Donate
Iris Relief is partnering with Iris Global for crisis response. Donations will be received by Iris Global and used for crisis relief projects. Donations are used for immediate reponsed as well as sustained relief efforts to rebuild communities experiencing crisis. Your generosity enables us to bring physical and spiritual relief to people at their most vunerable.
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About Iris Relief

During the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Rolland and Heidi Baker saw the great need to quickly unite Iris missionary families, partners, friends, and missions school alumni to respond to victims of disasters. In response, the Bakers started Iris Relief to be an explicit demonstration of God’s tangible love and mercy.

Mission

Iris Relief exists to restore, equip, and mobilize disaster response missionaries on an ongoing basis so they can take the presence of the Kingdom and the spirit of revival (while bringing physical aid) to situations of crisis and disaster on a local, regional, and international scale.

Vision Statement

Iris Relief aims to demonstrate God’s love by giving out relief aid and resources as well as bringing personnel to carry the presence of God to affected areas. We pray as we meet people’s physical needs it will minister to their spiritual and emotional needs as well. We also hope to encourage the body of Christ and the churches in the disaster zones by working alongside them to bring hope, healing, and peace. The heart of Iris Relief is to love by bringing physical and spiritual relief to those affected by natural disasters. Our desire is to stop for the one and be Jesus’ hands and feet to the hurting and broken. We long to carry the Kingdom of Heaven to the places and the people that have experienced great tragedy and loss.

Objectives/Goals

Restore

Ministry to the Missionaries ( Pre/ Post)

- Restore disaster response missionary candidates so they can minister the Father’s love in crisis situations from a foundation of health and wholeness.

- Welcome returning disaster response missionaries to minister healing, restoration, and refreshing to them as they prepare for the next stage of their journey with Christ.

Equip

- Equip disaster response missionaries through the Disaster Response Missions School, so they have the necessary skills and qualifications and the spiritual development and giftings in order to respond and minister effectively in disaster situations, both large and small.

- Offer ongoing refresher and additional disaster response and emergency management training through both on-site and online courses in a wide variety of subject matters.

- Multiply the vision of disaster response missions by training and qualifying missionaries as disaster response and emergency management leaders, instructors and managers on a local, regional, and international level.

Mobilize

- Maintain adequate, up-to-date records of available disaster response missionaries, their experiences, and skillsets and maintain compliance with applicable privacy legislation.

- Acquire and maintain appropriate equipment and supplies to ensure efficient, safe, and timely deployments to disaster situations.

- Establish an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in order to:

  • Undertake ongoing threat assessment of potential disaster situations on a local, regional, and international basis;
  • Monitor specific threats to Iris locations or missionaries around the world;
  • Coordinate the deployment and ongoing operation of Iris Relief teams throughout all stages of their mobilization;
  • Cooperate with local or regional Emergency Management authorities as appropriate.

- Deploy Iris Relief disaster response teams on a local, regional, or international scale, in accordance with Iris Relief deployment protocols.

- Debrief returning disaster response teams – process and immerse in a Presence-filled atmosphere to allow the Holy Spirit to heal their hearts from their experiences: inward, upward, and outward journey.

- Provide disaster response capability to local emergency management authorities in the Abilene region.

Join the Team

If you want to join an Iris Relief team, please read the requirements located on the right of this screen. If you qualify, [javascript protected email address]. Your completed application will expedite a quicker response time for relief work into disaster zones.

The Iris Relief application team prayerfully considers every applicant. Although we prefer an Iris Relief team member to be an alumni of one of our Iris Mission Schools, we will make exceptions.

Finances:

Iris Relief expects each member to pay for all expenses involved in being a part of a response team, including plane ticket, special equipment, food, and more. Relief trips vary in cost, but are always more than $1000 USD. We encourage you to set aside at least $1000 USD in savings, so you are financially prepared and ready to mobilize quickly when disaster hits.

Application Form:

Download the Form by clicking here. We will prayerfully consider your application to be a part of an Iris Relief team and respond to you as soon as possible.

Email completed forms to [javascript protected email address].

Requirements:

Depending on the nature of the disaster to which we are responding, Iris Relief may need to mobilize people with a specific skill set. For all Iris Relief teams we require individuals who are:

  • 18 years or older
  • Mature in their relationship with God
  • Experienced with ministering to, counseling with, and praying for people
  • Spiritually discerning
  • Flexible in difficult situations and content with “roughing it”
  • Eager to serve
  • Honoring of authority
  • Enthusiastic and never complaining
  • Team players
  • Spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy