Early Response Team (ERT) Leader Training

Early Response Team (ERT) Leader Training
Friday, October 20, 2017

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Aldersgate UMC
1621 Thornton Ave
Butte, MT

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neflint@gmail.com / sbmcconnell06@gmail.com

Nancy Flint / Sally McConnell

Oct. 20 from 5 p.m. – 8 or 9 p.m.
Location: Aldersgate UMC, Butte, MT

The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster.

This team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery rebuild or repair team; rather it fills a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the presence of the church. It is a cooperative effort between the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.
ER Teams are trained primarily to respond within their own area.

What do Early Response Teams do?

  1. Provide a Christian presence.
  2. Take steps to prevent further damage to a family’s personal property (stabilize) which might involve tarping, debris removal, cleaning out a flooded home.
  3. Teams might be asked to manage donated materials, gather information, or other things deemed necessary by the community
  4. Observe survivor’s needs and report these to the local operations.
  5. Be a part of the caring ministry of ‘listeners’ who will help the survivor begin to heal.
Teams do not perform work on a home that might jeopardize the survivor’s eligibility for assistance from insurance or government agencies.

Every ER Team needs a leader – someone that will pull the team together, gather the information needed for the destination and make arrangements. Team leaders would attend both Friday evening and Saturday trainings.

While this training will not help the immediate need, there is likely another wildfire season or possibly spring or fall flooding. Natural disasters are not a matter of “if” but “when”. Let's be ready to respond the next time.

It is also hoped that perhaps this team, once trained and formed, would be available to go to communities in Montana and Wyoming for work weekends once in a while where there are needs.  This would keep the team current and responding to other needs, not just disasters.