Minnesota Disaster Response Team will be offering a training course for those interested in volunteering for hurricane relief through UMCOR. Becoming an Emergency Response Team (ERT) member gives you the credentials to enter disaster torn areas. ERTs from Minnesota will be responding to the most recent hurricanes and are planning trips in late October and early November. You must have completed this training and have a successful background check on file with the conference in order to volunteer.
ERTs fill a specific need in the days soon after a natural disaster. ERTs remove debris, clean out flood-damaged homes, and otherwise help to prevent further property damage while providing a caring Christian presence. ERT volunteers are different from general volunteers because we are trained, have security background checks and are entirely self-sufficient. Since 1997 ERT trained volunteers have worked at 18 Minnesota disasters and responded five times to disasters in other states. The course, taught by UMCOR certified instructors, provides the basic skills for you to become a member of the Early Response Team.
Mission of Early Response Team at natural disasters
UMVIM and UMCOR
When, Why, What, Who we serve
Working with Survivors
Caring Christian Presence
Safe Gathering for Disaster Survivors
Equipping an ERT
Equipment Safety: Chainsaw, ladder
Cleaning Out Damaged Homes
Installing a tarp
PREREQUISITES TO TAKE ERT BASIC TRAINING or RE-CERTIFICATION:
Must be 18 years of age.
Must have a current SAFE GATHERINGS certificate including background check. Access this certification on-line by clicking here. You will register your information, pay a $32.25 fee, and then complete an online tutorial that takes 60-90 minutes.
Cost: $20 (includes ERT training materials, lunch, snacks and UMCOR Photo ID – no fee if you are taking it for re-certification)
Deadline: September 28, 2017 12:00 AM
Sponsor: Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Disaster Response Register for the training Here.
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