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National Training Academy

Disasters are increasing at an alarming rate. It’s no longer “IF” a disaster will strike, but “WHEN”.

Will your church be ready?

The Church is poised to be the answer. Living in communities, and regularly assembling groups of caring individuals who want to demonstrate the love of Jesus, the Church can respond by meeting the desperate needs of those impacted by disaster. The collective network of churches in your city can become an “Ark of Safety” by planning, training, and preparing Christians, in advance, to effectively mobilize together to establish a Life-Sustaining Church Network™ within your community. We can help you!

United Disaster Relief Network™ (UDRN) is a national division of ADRN. Using ADRN’s successful disaster response model, UDRN trains and equips networks of churches to launch Disaster Relief Networks (DRNs) in cities across the U.S.

By the end of 2021, 16 Disaster Relief Networks and Long-Term Recovery Teams have been trained and launched through the efforts of ADRN/UDRN. We are on a mission to help more cities and church leaders launch Disaster Relief Networks!


UDRN’s National Equipping Center (NEC) provides cities and church leaders with the training and support necessary to form a disaster relief network of churches that train volunteers, deploy to disasters in the city, and provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to disaster survivors.


UDRN Programs and Services


To date, ADRN/UDRN have helped launch Church networks and/or Church-based, long-term recovery teams in 16 cities in the U.S., including California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, and Texas.

7 - Connected in Crisis™ Program
9 - National Training Academy (NTA)


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Whether seeking to launch a Disaster Relief Network in your city or considering adding disaster response to an existing organization, National Training Academy is here for you.

Based on 12 years of successful disaster deployment, our disaster response model is sustainable and anchored in four core competencies that when deployed together yield amazing results impacting individuals, families, and entire communities. Watch The ADRN Story – 10 Years for one example of how this model has brought hope and transformation to communities in Austin, Texas.

With disasters on the rise, the need for the local church to work together is greater than ever before. NTA offers three opportunities to engage experienced disaster response professionals with a desire to see God do great things in your city, as He has done in theirs.

National Training Academy
Information Session (90-Minutes)

Why a Disaster Relief Network is Needed in Your City

In the live online, 90-Minute Info Session learn:

  • Why each major U.S. city needs a Disaster Relief Network.
  •  The four core competencies of the disaster response model and why each element is necessary for long-term success.
  • Next Steps for how you can launch a Disaster Relief Network in your city.


Following the session, you will receive:

  • An email template to help you share the vision with your team.
  • A leadership profile to help build your leadership core team.
  • Key questions to ask in identifying spiritual leaders and pastors to share the vision with, in your city.

Register for an upcoming Info Session.

2022 Dates

Location: Virtual
Cost: FREE


Wednesday, April 13
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Wednesday, May 11
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Wednesday, June 8
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST


Wednesday, July 13
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Wednesday, Aug 10
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Wednesday, Sept 14
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST


Wednesday, Oct 12
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Wednesday, Nov 9
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST

Register to join us.

More dates will be posted soon.

National Training Academy
Intensive Course (4 Days)

How to Establish a Disaster Relief Network in Your City

If you’re convinced your city needs a Disaster Relief Network, the 4-Day Intensive Training is for you and your team. The course provides instruction on building the initial Leadership Core Team, developing the network of churches, recruiting volunteers, strategies for delivering survivor care, training volunteers, and deploying to a disaster. Additionally, the Friday and Saturday before the course begins, you and your team will become certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), a nationally recognized crisis intervention technique.

Immerse yourself in four days full of instruction, conversation, and networking by disaster response professionals, ADRN’s leadership, and the comradery of other groups on the same journey as you. Interactive lectures, breakout sessions, and Q&A give every learner the opportunity to digest the content. to discuss and collaborate. Each session in the training challenges you and your team to examine your current city and begin preparing the next steps for launching your Disaster Relief Network when you return home.

Pre-requisite on-demand video training is required before attending the in-person 4-Day course. In addition to demonstrating a commitment to establishing the new Disaster Relief Network, the pre-requisite courses provide in-depth knowledge and language for disaster relief which will aid you and your team during the 4-day discussions.

  • • In the 4-Day Intensive Course learn:
  • • The framework and command structure of a Disaster Relief Network before and during a disaster deployment.
  • • Techniques and strategies for building the network of churches and local businesses.
  • • Techniques and strategies for recruiting and training volunteers.
  • • Techniques and strategies in how to provide short- and long-term survivor care.
  • • Receive certification in the nationally-recognized CISM crisis intervention technique.
  • • How to deploy a team of trained CISM volunteers during a disaster response.
  • • How to operate and staff with volunteers at a Call Center during a disaster response.
  • • Next Steps for putting all the learning into action.



Training workbook with notes and insight from the 4-Day course, in addition to supporting documents that will assist you in launching a network.

2022 Dates

Location: In-Person

ADRN Headquarters
1122 East 51st Street
Austin, Texas 78723

Cost:  $2,500/2 min. - 5 max. People
(Church and Ministry leaders who will be establishing the DRN in the city)

Upcoming Dates:
1. February 28th - March 3rd, 2022
2. June 27th - 30th, 2022
3. October 3rd - 6th, 2022

National Training Academy
Advanced Course (12 Months)

Actionable Steps leading to the Disaster Relief Network Launch in Your City

While there is a mountain of information to consume in the 4-Day Intensive Course, it is not intended to be the final destination for those wanting to establish a DRN. The 12-month Advanced Course mentors participating cities for 12-months in all facets of establishing the DRN. The 12-Month Advanced Course assists cities in fully establishing a DRN by providing regular contact with a Mentor through in-person coaching sessions, group webinars, training videos, an All-Access document library, and monthly/quarterly milestones to guide teams in the priorities necessary to establish and grow a thriving DRN. Additionally, the 12-Month Advanced Course gives you a license to use ADRN’s configurable Volunteer Management and Training database.

2022 Dates

Coming Soon Summer 2022

National Equipping Center
Connected in Crisis™ Program

Develop Recovery Plans and Connect Resources in the Midst of a Disaster Response with UDRN Support

Impacted by disaster and need assistance in developing recovery plans and connecting resources?

UDRN’s team is ready to support, equip, and train a group of spiritual leaders in the affected area to help quickly launch a Disaster Relief Network in order to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the survivors.

The Connected in Crisis Program provides key services and resources for rapid response in your community at a time when it is needed the most.

For more information, please email National@adrntx.org.

Disaster Support -
Estimated 2-6 weeks

On-Location in impacted City

Contact: National@adrntx.org

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Hear what disaster relief network leaders who attended the preliminary launch of our NTA in September 2019 had to say about the training. Watch the video below!