Disaster Relief Training
EARLY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING
�WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2019 (9 am - 4:30 pm)
WHERE: Perdido Bay UMC, 13660 Innerarity Point Road, Pensacola, FL 32507
COST: $35 (includes t-shirt, lunch, and training materials)
REGISTER: Contact the UMC Pensacola District office via phone or email (850-434-0118 or ).
This opportunity is available to and would benefit those wanting to help in the field following a disaster.
When disaster strikes, the local church usually provides the first response to members of the congregation in need. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—helps form a foundation for UMCOR’s national training and response. UMCOR equips United Methodists to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, supporting conference and church ministries on disaster response so that they can be the hands and feet of Christ in a hurting world. Early Response Teams (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. 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.
Participants in this ERT Training 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. Upon completion of this training, you will receive an ERT identification badge.
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