Early Response Training

Disaster recovery begins with an early response team.

The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster. It is a cooperative effort between the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.

The team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery, rebuild or repair team. Rather, it fills a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the presence of the church.

It is important to understand that ERTs are trained primarily to respond within their own community and district. To travel to another district, conference or jurisdiction requires an invitation from that area's ERT coordinator.

All ERTs are trained by authorized UMCOR trainers and given badges by their own conference. The Illinois Great Rivers Conference has several UMCOR trainers available to lead ERT training's at your church or in your district. ERT training's normally will take place on a Saturday and be held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you are interested in having a training held in your area, please contact Ron Monroe at smonroe50@yahoo.com for more information and for scheduling a time for the training.

ERT training's cost $40.00 for the full day. The cost includes background check, training materials, lunch, ERT t-shirt and badging. The deadline for registration is usually 8 days before the training. Please note that there needs to be a minimum of 12 people for the training to take place and the maximum number is 30. The following ERT training(s) are listed below:

ERT training at Robinson First UMC on Saturday, October 15, 2016

Please click on the red link above and the on-line registration will appear.

UMCOR badges expire three years after the initial training. However, re-certification training's are available and normally last four hours unless otherwise indicated (usually from 8:00 am to Noon). ERT re-certification training's cost $25.00 and includes background check, training materials and badging. The deadline for registration is usually 8 days before the training. 

Download the General ERT Information Bulletin