Early Response Teams and Recertification Trainings
Are you wondering how you can help people in this time of crisis?
Join our Early Response Teams!
The IGRC Early Response Teams (ERT) and Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) are working together to respond to disasters. One of the primary ways to respond to disasters is via Early Response Teams (ERT). Our ERTs respond to disasters within the conference, as well as to help other areas facing disasters. The mission of Early Response Teams is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. The team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery, rebuild or repair team. Instead, it fills a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the presence of the church.
IGRC ERT and MMDC have partnered to allow for the most good to be done in the face of disaster for God’s people. MMDC will support ERT, working with IGRC to continue disaster relief support.
If you feel called to serve as a member of the IGRC ERT, you must register and participate in one of the trainings taught throughout the year. Because of the current pandemic, we are working with UMCOR to put together online trainings.
Early Response Team (ERT) Training and Recertification: Equips individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for this training is $25 per participant and $15 for recertification. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual (digital copy), and upon completing the course will receive a UMCOR ID Badge and a conference ERT T-shirt. You must be 18 years or older to get the UMCOR badge. For the Recertification training, you needed to have been badged in 2017 or 2018. A UMCOR background check is required before receiving badges. There is limited space, so register soon. If there is a need for additional classes, we will consider that.
ERT Recertification On-Line Training on April 17, 2021 - deadline April 10, 2021
ERT Recertification On-Line Training on May 3 & 4, 2021 - deadline April 23, 2021
ERT Recertification On-Line Training on May 11 & 13, 2021 - deadline May 1, 2021
IGRC Disaster Response Coordinator
Coordinator of Mission and Outreach
Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries
Phone: (217) 529-2473
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Phone: (217) 416-1306