Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence.
ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams. Under very specific guidelines, ERTs assist survivors, without causing further harm or being a burden to the affected community.
All ERT members are trained by authorized UMCOR trainers, and are given identification badges as evidence of successful completion of each training.
To request assistance during times of disaster for your church or your neighborhood, or to schedule a training in your local church by one of our UMCOR certified trainers, call 972-526-5000.
These teams are trained using curriculum prepared by UMCOR. Most teams have a fully-equipped trailer with all the necessary equipment, but this is not required. Teams are available for blue-tarp and mud-out. Some teams are chain saw certified as well.
Basic and Recertification class: Saturday, June 8 at Grace Avenue UMC. Basic class will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recert is 8:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15 with lunch provided. Please park in the southeast corner parking lot of the church. Check in will be in Tom Graves Hall.
Email Grace Avenue UMC's Mission Minister or call 972-335-2882 if you have any questions.
FUMC Rockwall's disaster response community is offering any individual or group several "home improvement" skills classes. Classes are 9-11 a.m. Saturday morning at FUMC Rockwall. Learn how to fix things at home or around the church. And, if the skills improvement translates into mission involvement down the way, all the better! Have a question or interested in attending, email .
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A background check and MinistrySafe certification is required for all participants. For volunteers your background checks must always be kept updated every two years. Check with your local church MinistrySafe and background checks administrator.
Bring the MinistrySafe Screening Verification form to class and give it to your instructor. The form must be signed by your church’s MinistrySafe administrator.