Walk-Up Volunteers

The Spontaneous Unsolicited Volunteer (SUV) unit of the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief effort exists to bridge the gap between those individuals that want to help a community in a time of crisis but have not been able to go through the training needed to be a part of a disaster relief team.

Minors must have their parent or legal guardian complete the SUV Wavier for Minors form prior to being allowed to volunteer.

Things to bring:

  • A flexible attitude
  • Equipment
    • Recommended Equipment:
      • Shovels
      • Yard Rakes
      • Gloves
      • Wheelbarrow
      • Safety Goggles
    • Hard sole shoes (NO sandals or crocs)
    • Appropriate work clothing
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug Repellant
    • First Aid Kit
    • Water
    • Bibles

Other Information:

  • Safety 1st
    • If you do not feel comfortable doing a task please let your SUV Guide know and they will help you find a different work order.
  • Please remember to stay hydrated.
  • Most of your worksites will NOT have a working restroom
  • You are on your own for lunch
    • If you would like you can eat from the Disaster Relief feeding unit for free if you let your SUV guide know before 10:00am
  • You most find your housing.
    • We can help you get in contact with local churches that are hosting groups; however, you are responsible for working out the details.
  • If the owner of the house is at the worksite make sure you are in communication with them especially if you are tasked with throwing away items from inside a home.
  • Take time to pray for the homeowner/family living at the site.
  • In the case your groups works a major disaster like the Moore tornado (May 2012) there will be numerous people and organizations working in the disaster zone. Some of them will be driving through the area asking you if your group would like food or water.  It is up to the leader of the group to accept these items.
  • Make sure that your leaders are watching each group participant. It is normal for some people to be so overwhelmed that do not understand how to process what they are seeing and hearing.
  • We will try to have a Chaplain assigned to work with SUV and they can help you debrief your group before you go home.