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 $25 per participant and $10 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 2022 Trainings:
ERT Basic Training - To register, please click on the appropriate date:
September TBD from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at East Bay Camp
ERT Recertification Online Training - To register, please click on the appropriate date:
October 17 & 18, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm each evening
Connecting Neighbors Online Training - To register, please click on the appropriate date:
April 25 & 26, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm each evening
August 1 & 2, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm each evening
November 14 & 15, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm each evening
March 11, 2022 at MMDC
April TBD at Little Grassy Camp
June TBD at Annual Conference
September TBD at East Bay Camp
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