UMCOR Early Response Team (ERT): “In the hours and days after disaster, those who survive are looking for anything to give them hope. ERT’s can provide the kind of immediate response that restores hope, builds faith, and encourages those who are looking to their neighbor for support.”
Early Response Teams (ERT’s) 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. ERT’s are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild or repair teams. Under very specific guidelines, ERT’s assist survivors, without causing further harm or being a burden to the affected community. ERT’s require an invitation to travel to another district, conference, or jurisdiction.
Charlton UMC, 5920 Jonestown Rd, Harrisburg PA 17112, is hosting Basic ERT training on Saturday January 28, 2023 (8 am – 5pm) at the church. This is a free event and snacks and lunch will be provided. Last day to register is Jan. 25. Please contact Mark Malone at 717-645-3197 or Doug Hoy at the conference office for more information and a link to register.
Lightstreet UMC, 1640 Main St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, is hosting Basic ERT training on Saturday February 11, 2023 (8 am – 5pm) at the church. This is a free event. Last day to register is February 6. Please contact the church at (570) 784-9271 or Doug Hoy at the conference office for more information and a link to register.
Basic ERT Member Training is eight hours and 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. This standardized class is required for the basics ERT UMCOR identification badge.