Deployment FAQs


How do I know if Christ In Action is deploying to a disaster?
Please do not call or email our office.  You may sign up to receive email updates, and we will email you when we send out our assessment team and when we decide when/where/if to deploy.  For the latest information, watch our website homepage and follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram.
What is the criteria for receiving assistance from CIA?
When deployed following a disaster we help everyone (regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation), as long as we have volunteers and equipment available to safely assist them. We do prioritize primary residences over vacation homes or rental properties. Requests for help can be submitted by emailing: or by calling: 571-358-9242
What training do I need to deploy with Christ In Action?
Currently we do not require special training to volunteer with our ministry, though we do encourage people to take Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and FEMA training so they will be adequately equipped when deploying with us. Christ In Action offers CISM training through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) from a Christian Worldview, FEMA courses can be taken online and CERT training is a available in many communities and is always a free resource.
Can I get community service credit/hours for volunteering with CIA?
Yes. Please let us know that you need documented hours before coming to volunteer with us and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Will CIA cover my expenses so I can deploy?
No. Our funds are reserved for bringing equipment to a disaster site and offering assistance to residents. CIA will provide you a place to stay and meals while you are deployed with us.
Can I choose my work assignment when volunteering with CIA?
We will try take your preferences into consideration when making work assignments; however if you are volunteering with us, your first priority is to serve. We ask that you be willing to work in whatever capacity is required (physical limitations are the exception to this rule and should be noted when signing up to volunteer).
Does CIA charge its volunteers to deploy?
No. It is your responsibility to get to where we are. While deployed with us we provide food, lodging and work for you to do at no cost to you. .
How old do I have to be to deploy with Christ In Action?
CIA volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
What does it look like to deploy with CIA?
Generally it is long days (12-14 hours) in less than desirable conditions. Check out our Deployment 101 video for more details and information..
How are your volunteers screened?
When you register as a volunteer with Christ In Action, your name is cross-checked with the National Sex Offender Public Website. Unfortunately, CIA cannot accept volunteers listed in this registry.



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