Be prepared to respond to the next disaster. Early response training covers the basics of early disaster response, including roof tarping, cleaning out damaged homes, spiritual and emotional care, team protocols, and more. Click here for a description of what well-trained ERT teams look like. Click here for "Seven Important things to know about Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care".
Proper credentials are required for individuals and teams responding in the first few days after a disaster. Participants who successfully complete this training will receive those credentials, including an ERT badge.
Training sessions are open to all people ages 18+. All participants must either have a background check done or bring proof of a background check from an employer or church.
To schedule a training for your church, contact Amelia Fletcher at 251-978-8384.
Upcoming Disaster Early Response Team Training sessions:
There are no training sessions currently scheduled. Watch this site for updates as they are available.
Click on a date above for more information about the scheduled training session. If your church would like to host an Early Response Team training, contact Susan Hunt at 334-356-8014 or Amelia Fletcher at 251-968-2411.
The following conference trainers are both early response trainers and UMCOR badged
Amelia Fletcher, Baypines District*
Chris Perry+, Marianna-Panama City District
Glenn Glover+, Montgomery-Opelika District
Michael Lawler*, Dothan District
Pat Shubird+, Baypines District
Ron Baughman**, Pensacola District
John Swanson, Montgomery-Prattville District
*also trained for Connecting Neighbors
**also trained for Community Training
+ also trained for Chainsaw Training
For information about United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training sessions, click here. With this training, learn how leaders can effectively lead teams to areas near and far to be in mission to a hurting and broken world for Christ’s sake. This training is helpful for team leaders going to tornado disaster areas in Alabama (not early response), as well as mission teams traveling all across the world.