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Coy Webb holds Disaster Relief Training at UC


Students filled out paperwork and discussed the information Coy Webb had presented at the Disaster Relief Training held at University of the Cumberlands.

Williamsburg, KY., - On October 25th, Coy Webb, Director of the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, spoke to students and staff at University of the Cumberlands (UC) at the Collegiate Disaster Relief (DR) Training located on UC’s campus. This three hour training included informational packets, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, question and answering sessions, payment of fees, the receiving of a Disaster Relief (DR) uniform, completion of applications, and photos for identification cards.

Training is necessary for anyone who wants to volunteer their time and helping hands in this ministry to disaster victims around the world. The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are required to be recertified every three years. In order to be eligible for recertification, all volunteers must complete training and submit to a background check. All volunteers must be eighteen years old or older in order to serve. UC currently has twelve participants but are always looking for more people to train to be prepared to serve whenever disaster strikes.

“A lot of what we do can’t be taught in a classroom setting,” explained Webb. “It will be learned through experience on the field. But we must do the best we can to prepare our volunteers to the best of our ability.” Webb explained the various types of disasters that volunteers might encounter such as tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and more and explained how each situation and disaster is different to each victim. No matter how the disaster affected them, they need someone to not only help them clean up and pick up the pieces of their life but to also listen to them, hug them, and cry with them as well as share the gospel with them. Webb told the potential DR volunteers that this relief program lives by the Bible verse of 1 John 3:18 which says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Webb covered the different stages of recovery and explained in detail what the volunteers should expect and how to respond to particular situations. He discussed safety thoroughly and prepared them to the best of his ability by providing first-hand experiences and stories. The audience was engulfed in his extreme stories of tragic disaster and total devastation of lives and communities but it worked as a motivator to get volunteers up, certified, trained, and ready to respond.

“We need as many people as possible to be trained and willing to move when disasters strike,” said Webb. “It is extremely important that they know what to do once they get there. Also, we need volunteers who are willing and able to keep the Lord’s reputation from being tarnished. These volunteers need to reach out and help heal the victims’ lives while always representing Jesus Christ.”

Many UC students, faculty, and staff members attended the training and became certified. Their certification will last up to three years and they will receive their membership cards in the mail in about four weeks. Anyone interested in getting involved with Collegiate Disaster Relief can visit or make a contribution to make service possible for participating volunteers.

“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ,”- Galatians 6:2.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit