Basic Training Camp

Register For Spring

April 2-6, 2019

Register For Summer

June 25-29, 2019

Open Soon

September 24-28

Disaster Relief Training and Crisis Response Certification Event

Why Basic Training Camp?

In 2018, the U.S. suffered twelve major disasters that cost our country more than a billion dollars. Events like Hurricanes Florence and Michael, and the fires in Paradise, California were catastrophes on a scale the world has never seen. The Church must become better equipped and prepared to respond to such challenges.

Christians 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.

CRI Basic 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. 

Having said that, CRI Basic Training Camp is open to all ages and skill sets! Do not disqualify yourself as there is a place for everyone to serve during times of disaster!

Upon completion of this event, you will become an official CRI Responder (certified volunteer) and will receive CRI response gear and a badge. You will also join the ranks of 10,000 other CRI responders who have trained to deploy with us nationally and abroad when disaster strikes. 

What can I expect?

Basic Training Camp 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

  • Mobile Kitchen Unit Practicals & Protocol

  • Deployment Protocol & Relief Operations

  • Disaster First-Aid

  • Light Search & Rescue

  • Personal & Community Preparedness

  • Practical Exercises

  • Simulations

  • 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 Director of Prepare The Way Today Ministries. His ministry is focused on equipping the body of Christ to understand the times, and then develop practical strategies to respond to the coming events.

It’s a unique joining of prophetic ministry — analysis and projections of what is coming, coupled with the practical –how to prepare our homes and churches to reach the harvest in crisis.

In the past several years Chuck has given increased emphasis in his teaching, and consulting on the urgency of raising 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 SBC 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 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. He spent 35 years as a Paramedic. He was a Senior EMS Instructor for the State of Washington. For the past 34 years he has lectured at the University of the Nations in Kona. He also is an instructor for Crisis Response International. Tracey has responded to international disasters since 1974. Including Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornados, Tsunamis’, War and flooding. He lives near Tacoma Wa. 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 an executive in a local 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.

Kim Sherman

Missions Base Kitchen Supervisor
Safe Food Handling

Number one fan of Jesus. Traveler. Creative optimist. Shell finder. Paddle board enthusiast when able to stay on. CRI Blue Ridge Kitchen Supervisor with a passion for providing a great experience.

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


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

We will award an “All-Access Pass” for CRI Online Academy to the Trainee or Responder who brings the largest group of new trainees to this event!

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

Is there anything else I should know?

If you are interested in applying for Event Staff, please access this link to complete the Event Staff Application.   Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Previously trained CRI responders who would like to volunteer as Event Staff – It would be great if you could  arrive one day early (Monday’s) for event set-up.  If this is not possible, Tuesday works, as well.  We are planning a special time of dinner and fellowship with the Malone’s and CRI Staff Monday evening.  Registration will be open from 2:00-6:00 PM.  A CRI shuttle will be available for airport pick-up from Roanoke Airport that afternoon.  Event Staff limited to 20.  

For questions regarding this event, please email Val at or simply click "Register for Basic Training" below for more details.

Val CooperCRI Training Director
Register For Spring

April 2-6, 2019

Register For Summer

June 25-29, 2019

Open Soon

September 24-28