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"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men."

1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

DISASTER RECOVERY offers trainings to assist churches and individuals to prepare and respond to disaster. We are continuing to offer in person training on a case by case basis using safety protocols developed for the pandemic. 

We are also reviewing and revising these trainings to provide online and virtual learning opportunities. Please contact Disaster Recovery to learn more. 

Early Response Team Training

An Early Response Team (ERT) is a self-contained team invited to a disaster-affected area to provide specialized physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to survivors. ERTs help with specific needs in the early days after a disaster, cleaning out flood-damaged homes, removing debris, placing tarps on homes and other tasks as needed, while providing a caring Christian presence. 

This 8-hour training is provided by an UMCOR-certified trainer. Participants learn the basics of disaster response, including how to stabilize and secure homes safely, and how to work effectively with survivors and others on the response team. All participants are background checked and receive an identification badge showing their affiliation with UMCOR and the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.   

Teams are registered with the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the Florida Conference and Disaster Recovery coordinates team placement with local officials to get help where it is needed most after a disaster. 

Training is $15 per person. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Training Events

August 17, 2021 - 6:30PM-8:30PM (Zoom)
August 19, 2021 - 6:30PM-8:30PM (Zoom)
August 28, 2021 - 8:30AM-1:30PM (In Person)
Hyde Park UMC
500 West Platt St.
Tampa, FL 33606
October 9, 2021
8AM - 4PM
First - Orlando
142 East Jackson St.
Orlando, FL 32801









Would your church like to host a training?
Check out the links below to see our frequently asked questions.

Host Church FAQs

Host Church FAQs - ERT

If your church is interested in hosting a training,
please contact Trish Warren to learn more.

(800) 282-8011 Ext. 148