Crisis Response Training

Disaster Relief Training & Crisis Response Certification


Register for September 24-28, 2019

Why Attend This Event?

Have you ever watched a disaster or crisis situation unfold and say, “I wish I could help?” Crisis Response Training Camp is our disaster relief and crisis response training that will certify you as an official CRI volunteer. If you want to help in times of disasters and get deployed with CRI nationally or internationally, this training is for you!

Christians often have the heart and desire to help in times of crisis but often lack the skills necessary to deal with the unique challenges of disaster response. Crisis Response Training Camp will equip you to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people in crisis and disaster, and mobilize you to bring hope, compassion, and relief by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Who is CRI and why train?

Crisis Response International (CRI) is a nonprofit organization that trains and mobilizes volunteers to respond to disasters and crisis situations around the world. CRI provides a framework for responding to disaster situations and provides trained assistance and delivery of resources to areas that would otherwise be inaccessible to volunteers.

Crisis Response International only deploys volunteers who have completed our basic responder training for their safety, the safety of the people we serve, liability issues and the continuity of our mission. 

What can I expect?

Crisis Response Training is a combination of your favorite summer camp, spiritual retreat and boot camp designed for people of all ages and skill sets.

Your days will begin and end in passionate worship and prayer. Instruction consists of classroom and hands-on training with simulations.

There is plenty of time allotted for fellowship, campfires and fun activities throughout the week as well.

Come expectant and prepared to receive relevant, top-notch training from seasoned instructors. Expect to leave this training better equipped with the practical tools you’ll need to serve others in a disaster, refreshed by God’s presence and having developed new lifelong relationships.

Not only did I learn disaster relief skills, I learned “spiritual relief skills”, too—the care of the souls of victims, as well as the care of my own soul. I “crashed head-on” into the Holy Spirit and I will never be the same. As one season of my life is ending, I truly feel another is beginning. I know I made some life-long friends while training with CRI, and I look forward to future training events and deployments with them.

~ Cindy, Iowa.

Training Topics

What You'll Learn

  • Crisis Evangelism

  • Disaster Chaplaincy

  • Spiritual & Emotional First-Aid

  • Crisis Ministry Model

  • Safe Food Handling

  • Mobile Kitchen Practicals & Protocol

  • Disaster First-Aid

  • Personal & Community Preparedness

  • Deployment Protocol & Relief Operations

  • Practical Exercises

  • Simulations

  • Kids Track (6-12)

  • Much, much more!

This training just rocked my world. A total paradigm shift. I was not expecting all the things God did for me at this training. If God puts it on your heart to attend a training, just do it! Push through and come. The CRI staff put 150% into it. The leaders and speakers were so anointed. I am so excited about all the things God gave me to go back to our community and help in times of crisis. I just can’t say enough, it’s just so worth it!

Kyla - Recent Trainee, Now a Certified CRI Volunteer!

Event Speakers

Who You'll Learn From

Sean Malone

Co-Founder, Director, Chairman

Sean found a front row seat at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. There he provided lighting for the search and rescue operations. This is where the seeds for being involved in crisis response work were planted. In 2007 he and his wife Laura officially launched Crisis Response International. Since then, CRI has trained thousands of responders to reach the harvest in the midst of crisis.

Chuck Reber

Director of Prepare The Way Today Ministries
Essentials of Preparedness

Chuck is focused on equipping the body of Christ to understand the times and develop practical strategies to respond to crisis. His ministry uniquely joins prophetic ministry — analysis and projections of what is coming, coupled with practical application –how to prepare our homes and churches to reach the harvest in crisis.

Chuck ministers with a sense of urgency to raise up refuge places as communities of hope in times of crisis, with an increased focus on the necessity of deep spiritual preparation.

Chuck has been a pastor for nearly forty years, serving with the Southern Baptist Convention and in the Vineyard movement.  He has served on the board of directors of Crisis Response International and as a teacher on their national leadership training team. Chuck is Director of Prepare The Way Today Ministries. 

Chuck and his wife, Linda lives in the foothills of West Virginia.

Tracey White

Disaster Medical

Tracey was trained at the University of Washington School of Medicine and spent 35 years working as a paramedic. He was a Senior EMS Instructor for the State of Washington. In addition to ministering at CRI events, Tracey has spent the past 34 years lecturing at the University of the Nations in Kona. Tracey has responded to international disasters since 1974 including Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornados, Tsunamis, War, and flooding. He lives near Tacoma, Washington and has 3 grown children and 10 Grandchildren.

Mary Leonard

CRI Senior Chaplain
Intro To Spiritual and Emotional Care/Crisis Ministry

Mary Leonard has been a CRI Senior Chaplain and Trainer since the early days of CRI in Kansas City. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her teachings not only valuable but enjoyable, and her zeal to reach the harvest in crisis is contagious. She and her wonderful husband Bob have been at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City 15 years. They have 2 kids and 3 grandkids.

Mike Wyatt

Deployment Protocol

Mike Wyatt is a retired US Army Medical Service Corps Officer. He served in Iraq in a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) as the Deputy Commander. In recent years he deployed to Haiti and Nepal immediately following the earthquakes. His years in the military, YWAM, and as a leader in ministry have positioned him well to serve in the area of deployment for the CRI team. Mike also has a passion for establishing a “Place of Refuge” in his local community.

Important Information

Here's Where We Answer Your Questions


Location: CRI Mission Base, Training Camp & Conference Center
Address: 2494 Camp Jaycee Road, Blue Ridge, Virginia  24064
Shuttles: A CRI shuttle is available upon request for $10 each way to and from Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA).
Registration:  From 1:30-5:30pm on Tuesday of event


From Interstate 81 East
Take exit for hwy 460 east
to route 697 Camp Jaycee Rd. (left turn)

From Interstate 81 West
Take exit for Alt 220 South  to 460 East (left turn at the light)
take 460 East to route 697 Camp Jaycee Rd (left turn)

DO NOT follow GPS directions that include Mountain Pass Road.


Price includes all meals, lodging, training fees, training manual, CRI t-shirt, credentials/badge, helmet, background check, and lifetime access to CRI Academy (online) Courses 1&2.

  • Individual // $395
  • Couples // per person – $375
  • Group Rate (5 or more) // per person – $350
  • Refresher for Previously Trained Responders (DRS, Academy Grads, etc.) // $299
  • Youth (9-17) // $99*
  • Children (0-8) // No charge (Children must be accompanied by a parent at all times during this event)
  • Event Staff (CRI Responders) // limit 20 – $99

*Ages 12 and above are eligible to become a Responder

Are you ready?

This event will prove to be a life-changing experience for anyone and everyone 9-99, and we invite those of every skill-set, background and professional discipline to join us. There is a role for everyone to play in times of disaster.

Families often discover that these events prove to be rare, precious, and unforgettable times together. 

All are welcome! During online registration, let us know if you have a disability or physical condition so we can best accommodate you.

Once you arrive on Tuesday you are required to be onsite for the duration of the training and attend every session. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

CRI Training Team

Register for September 24-28, 2019

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Val CooperCRI Training Director