Early Response Teams (ERT) are self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials. ERT's offer a Christian presence and are trained to provide various types of physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to disaster survivors. ERT's are registered with the Disaster Recovery Ministry of The Florida Annual Conference, and Disaster Recovery coordinates team placement with emergency management to help where it is needed most after a disaster.
The ERT training focuses on types, phases and levels of a disaster and explains what is meant by early response. Participants learn the importance of spiritual and emotional care, how to tarp, flood clean-up, chainsaw safety, team requirements and much more.
There is no cost for this training and lunch is provided the day of. Participants receive a disaster response manual, t-shirt and badges identifying them as early responders for The Florida Annual Conference and UMCOR.
Participants must be 18 or older.
Space is limited to 25 people and registration is required.
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011