Hurricane season is upon us and the one-year anniversary of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hitting within three weeks of each other is approaching in August and September – are you ready to help your community or others in the event of a disaster? Active, badged ERTs with United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) are a valuable community resource.
The Early Response Team (ERT) is the core of our responder group helping disaster survivors. These responders are the ones on the front lines – helping to put a tarp on the roof or cleaning out the muck. ERT members want to be the hands and feet of Christ for the survivors of disasters. With this United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) ERT training you could be one of them!
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.
Each class member will complete a background check authorization at the end of the class. Please bring your smartphone or laptop for this purpose.
Registration fee is $25 for course materials and an ERT T-shirt. Lunch is being provided by the church. Registration deadline is Sept. 8.
Register and pay online by using the button above or send a check made out to "NEAC" and send it to New England Conference, UMC, 411 Merrimack St., MA 01844 Attention: Barbara Burnside.
After taking the training, you will also complete a background check authorization online for UMCOR.