ADRA’s Disaster and Emergency Response Program

ADRA Canada has much experience in providing relief after disasters around the world. This experience combined with the hiring of Canadian experts in the field has led to the creation of the National Disaster and Emergency Response program.

About the Program

We were active in 1996 during the Saguenay floods and we were there to help again during the Fort McMurray fire in 2016, with many more responses in between.

ADRA Canada has taken on the challenge to prepare Canadians to respond to emergencies and disasters in their community, in their province, and nationally. The National Emergencies division of ADRA Canada created the Disaster and Emergency Response (DER) program to train and equip volunteers, team leaders, area DER coordinators, and conference DER coordinators across the country.

In collaboration with provincial and local governments, as well as partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in disaster response, the DER program will come to the help of Canadian survivors affected by emergencies by offering various services such as donation management, emotional and spiritual counselling, and shelter.

"Through my connection with ADRA, I've witnessed firsthand the power of transforming lives and communities."

– Pastor Paul, ADRA Advocate

How Can I Help?

There are different ways you can help in making this program a reality:

Volunteer, ADRA Canada

Disaster Response Training and Emergency Preparedness

Join ADRA and special guests for another dynamic and interactive training session on disaster and emergency response.

Sign Up to Be a DER Volunteer

Register with your area or conference DER coordinator to receive training on the national DER program. Stay informed about training events held in your area or your conference. Assist in the planning and implementation of training events. Attend training and become ready to serve as a DER Volunteer in response to local and area emergencies or be deployed elsewhere in the country in case of a disaster.

Here are the four levels of training as part of the DER Program:

Basic Training


Advanced Training

Crisis Care

Basic training for all volunteers will equip you to help your church in response to local and area disasters and emergencies. Most volunteers trained to this level will serve within a short distance from their home.

Please enter your full address. Only residents of Canada are eligible.