Disaster Response

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. 


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 $40 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 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. 


Upcoming Trainings: 


ERT Recertification Training -- October 18 & 19, 2021 -- On Line 


November 2021 ERT Meeting Register here


ERT Connecting Neighbors -- November 15 & 16, 2021 -- On Line


Contact Us

Rebecca Klemm
IGRC Disaster Response Coordinator
Phone: 708-707-7648
Email: rklemm82@gmail.com

Curt Franklin
Coordinator of Mission and Outreach
Phone: 217-494-0417
Email: cfranklin@igrc.org

Christy Blickensderfer
Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries
Phone: (217) 529-2473
Email: cblickensderfer@igrc.org

Pat Wright
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Phone: (217) 416-1306
Email: pat@midwestmission.org   


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