Instructors will provide training for persons who want to respond as a part of an organized Early Response Team (ERT) in the early days of a disaster through cutting trees, clearing debris, tarping roofs, and other tasks to help make damaged homes “safe, sanitary, and secure.” Without proper training, even well-meaning persons can cause harm by damaging property, jeopardizing insurance/FEMA claims, and hampering the local response effort.
Who Needs to Come From a Local Church?
Persons interested in being a part of a Local Church or District Early Response Team that will respond within the District and Conference at minimum, but where possible in other conferences
· Conference Trainers (certified by UMCOR) will lead group.
As a result of these trainings we hope churches or groups of churches will be able to form standing ERT’s, either from a local church or gathering available persons from a geographic area. While we plan for teams to be based out of a local church, rarely can one church field enough persons to field a team at a moment’s notice. This is when being a “connectional” church can demonstrate both the Love of Christ and the Unity of the Body. Those who stay for the entire course, pass a simple exam, and pass a background check will receive an UMCOR Photo ID good for 3 years.