Purpose & Availability
The Virginia Baptist Disaster Response Shower/Laundry Unit(s) may be available for use for non-disaster missions through a church, association, or partner. A disaster that requires its use will always take priority above any local mission, promised or intended. However, Virginia Baptist Disaster Response will work to minimize interruptions, if possible.
Delivery / Set-Up
VBDR will provide qualified drivers to deliver and set-up the unit and provide training to volunteers to operate and clean the unit regularly. The host is responsible for daily care and oversight of the unit, including cleaning. If for some reason this is not possible, other arrangements will need to be made by the requesting group. The set-up and tear down of the unit is an involved process that VBDR will need to supervise.
Once the unit has been set, and readied for use, it may not be moved or re-located without permission and supervision from VBDR.
The unit will be delivered with filled propane tanks, ready for service. It is suggested that the requesting organization re-fill the tanks at the completion of their mission and before the unit is picked up. If this is not possible, VBDR will get it re-filled and bill the requesting organization. The unit should be returned cleaned and in the condition in which it was received. Damage repairs or cleaning services required after the unit has been returned will be billed to the requesting organization
Requirements for Hookup
Unit will require a minimum of one 20amp 110v electrical service (two 20amp is better and allows for HVAC).
One water outlet is required.
A drain will need to be provided to carry off laundry and shower water. The unit has a small “lift station” that can pump the wastewater uphill to some degree if need be. Most areas require it be drained into a sewer drain of some sort and not just on the ground. If it is drained on the ground, approval from local authorities must be obtained by host.
The location of the trailer should be as close as possible to water and electrical services and have enough room to maneuver the unit into position. The more level the area, the better. If there is a question on the best positioning of the unit, then a dimensioned sketch of the lot and marked locations of the required services should be sent to the VBDR, and we will be glad to help.
Please keep in mind that the unit will require an overall operating footprint of 45 ft. in length, 16 ft. in width and a height of approximately 11 ft.
Cost of Operation
A usage fee will be discussed with each borrower on a case-by-case basis. Expenses include mileage cost for delivery and pickup, along with propane fuel. Any significant damages beyond normal wear and tear will be billed to the borrower at cost.