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.