Disaster Relief Ministry

Christian individuals who are active members of a local Southern Baptist Church, in good physical condition, and at least 18 years of age, may attend one of the sessions and join the Disaster Relief team.

When a request for assistance comes to the WVCSB Disaster Relief office, individual team members will be contacted to check on their availability for service during the specific response.  Length of service could be one day to a week or more.

Volunteers assist wherever needed, in the US and beyond, in the following areas of service:

Damage Assessment

Team members go ahead of chain saw and mud-out teams to evaluate damage and inform follow-up teams on scope of each job, including equipment that will be needed.


The chain saw team removes damaged trees and other debris blocking doorways and/or driveways, trees leaning against homes, and limbs broken through roofs or causing a hazard in yards.  Experience in operating a chain saw is desirable, but not mandatory.

Members must be willing to attend training sessions in chain saw operation and safety and must be able to endure strenuous outdoor work.

On the job, every volunteer must put safety first.  Team members are expected to be constantly on the alert for hazards and take the necessary precautions to protect both self and others.  Volunteers are required to use safety gear to protect hands, head, ears, and eyes, as well as wear the proper clothing including chaps.

Mud-Out Removal

Members must be in good physical condition and willing to work in unpleasant, dirty situations.  Volunteers need to be conscious of health and safety hazards, taking necessary measures in order to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way.

This group of volunteers cleans out houses, garages, sheds, barns, yards, streets and community areas, helping people to have a safe environment after a disaster has occurred.  Often the job is to gut-out a flooded building, preparing it for repair.

Showers and Laundry

This team gives aid to relief workers and others who are in need by providing showers and laundry support in the disaster area.  The trailers have private shower stalls as well as washing machines, dryers, storage and folding areas.  Volunteers receive and assist those requesting their services, do laundry, sanitize showers, empty trash, replace needed supplies, and keep the trailer area neat.

We are in the process of adding the following areas:

  • Ash out
  • Child Care
  • Church Preparedness
  • Feeding
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Incident Command System
  • Recovery Assessment

Disaster Relief Ministry

  • Director: James Messenger
  • 304.266.7656
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