In the wake of disastrous wildfires within the California-Nevada Annual Conference, the devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Maria and Florence and, more recently, Hurricane Michael – among other natural disasters – are you feeling led to get involved? Even as we await the go-ahead from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to assist the Southeast, there’s something you can do very soon.
An Early Response Team (ERT) training has been scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Conference Center, 1350 Halyard Drive, in West Sacramento. This standardized class is required for the basic ERT UMCOR identification badge and is essential to deployment to a disaster area.
Participants learn the basics of disaster response, including how to stabilize and secure homes safely, and how to work effectively with survivors and others on the response team.
ERTs fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster: to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. Teams may be needed locally, or in other parts of the conference, nation, or world.
ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams. Under very specific guidelines, ERTs assist survivors, without causing further harm or being a burden to the affected community. ERTs require an invitation to travel to another district, conference, or jurisdiction. All ERT members are trained by authorized UMCOR trainers, and are given identification badges as evidence of successful completion of the basic class.
The Early Response Team (Basic) training class carries a total cost of $76, consisting of a $35 fee per person for the class itself (includes training manual, ID badge, t-shirt, lunch, and morning snacks), plus the $41 cost of an online background check and Safe Sanctuary training.
You must complete your online background check and Safe Sanctuary training before arriving for the class. Click here to initiate background verification and Safe Sanctuary training.
For more information contact Sonja Edd-Bennett, Director of the CA-NV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministry, at 916-374-1525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.