June is the start of hurricane season and tornado season is already upon us. Are you ready to respond?
Who Should Take This Training: Those who have a passion for coming alongside survivors of a disaster and giving them hope, letting them know the church cares and helping them begin their recovery. Being ERT trained and background checked with badges that have photos (that are updated every 3 years) will prepare you to respond when disaster strikes – in your own community or elsewhere, although you don’t need a badge to respond in your own backyard.
Course Description: Early Response Team (ERT) training includes an in depth look at the basics of disaster response, including what typically happens in the aftermath of a disaster, survivors reactions, how we respond as ERTs, what work we do and don’t do, how teams are developed and equipped, etc. Participants will also review important aspects of a Ministry of Care after a disaster, organizational structure for the relief stage, team safety, ERT protocols and safe sanctuaries.
Early Response Teams provide a caring, Christian presence and bring hope through their actions in the aftermath of a disaster. These teams are neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery rebuild or repair team; rather they fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the presence of the church and remove debris, tarp roofs to prevent further damage, muck out basements, remove wet wallboard, clean up mold, etc.
UMCOR ERT Trainers:
Barbara Burnside, the part-time Disaster Response & Missions Coordinator for the six-state region that is the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church (since Sept. 2012), as well as the former part-time Sandy Recovery Volunteer Coordinator for the New York Annual Conference, is also an UMCOR ERT trainer. She deployed to TX and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. She also has served on mission teams during Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy recovery, in VT for Hurricane Irene recovery and on Salt Cay in the Turks & Caicos repairing a 150-year-old church ravaged by several hurricanes. She also teaches the UM Volunteers in Mission team leader and Connecting Neighbors trainings, as well as having completed UMCOR’s Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care leader training. For 18 years, Barbara volunteered as an orientation and team leader with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) through Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Ridgefield, CT, and was a member of its leadership council. She currently serves on several state Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) in New England and has training in Incident Coordination Systems through Homeland Security.
Tim McCleary has served in Missions and Outreach service projects within Carter Memorial United Methodist Church as a layperson and has been a leader or participant in many trips over the past 15 years in both early response and rebuild operations. Service opportunities have been both locally and nationally focused. Tim led a group to Manos Juntas in Rio Bravo, Mexico in July 2017. He has served on early response teams in both Biloxi (Hurricane Katrina) and New Jersey (Superstorm Sandy). Tim also founded the Needham Interfaith Habitat, an organization that raised the funding for a Habitat home ($250,000). Working with town officials, this group identified and acquired land for a home for a qualifying low-income family. Needham House was built and dedicated in 2008.
Registration fee is $30 for lunch, course materials, and an ERT T-shirt. Registration deadline is June 4.
Register and pay online by using the link above or send a check made out to "NEAC" and send it to New England Conference, UMC, P.O. Box 249, Lawrence, MA 01842-0449 Attention: Barbara Burnside.
After taking the training, you will also complete a background check authorization online for UMCOR.