“In the hours and days after disaster, those who survive are looking for anything to give them hope. ERTs can provide the kind of immediate response that restores hope, builds faith, and encourages those who are looking to their neighbor for support.” — Rev. Tom Hazelwood, assistant general secretary, UMCOR
Would you like to be one of those hope-giving, faith-building encouragers? You can be! Register to take part in an Early Response Team (ERT) Training at the West Sacramento office of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, being held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will be open through the end of this month.
We’ve witnessed all too painfully in recent months how many disaster-stricken communities need our help. And ERTs have a specific and important role to play 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 – all while providing a caring Christian presence.
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. Teams may be needed locally, in other parts of the conference, or of the nation, or elsewhere in the world. (However, ERTs require an invitation to travel to another district, conference, or jurisdiction.)
By attending the ERT Training you will 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. This is a standardized class, conducted by authorized United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) trainers, that is required for the basic ERT UMCOR identification badge that serves as evidence of successful completion of the basic training.
The Early Response Team (Basic) training class costs $35 per person and includes: training manual, ID badge, t-shirt, lunch, and morning snacks. There is an additional $41 cost for a mandatory online background check and Safe Sanctuary training, which must be completed in advance at https://www.cnumc.org/backgroundcheckprocedure.
Register here by Feb. 1, 2019 to attend the training event.
Download flyer here.
The California-Nevada UMC conference office is located at 1350 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691.