Early Disaster Response Training (ERT)

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. The purpose of the training is to prepare our United Methodist Volunteers to do good and do no harm.  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 sometimes 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 will complete a background check through UMCOR.  All participants must also complete Safe Sanctuary training. Click here to watch the video, and click here to access the verification form. 

To schedule a training for your church, contact Susan Hunt at 334-356-8014.

Upcoming Disaster Early Response Team Training sessions:

Click on a date below to read more details about these events.

September 14, 2019 - Perdido Bay UMC, Pensacola

September 28, 2019 - Wilmer UMC, Wilmer, AL


Additional Training Sessions - 200-level courses

September 10, 2019 - Wilmer UMC - Assessment training


Chainsaw and Safety Use Training



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.

The following conference trainers are both early response trainers and UMCOR badged:

Amelia Fletcher, Baypines District*

Michael Lawler*, Dothan District
334- 798-9913

Pat Shubird+, Baypines District
251 454-7988

John Swanson, Montgomery-Prattville District

Ron Toole, Pensacola District

*also trained for Connecting Neighbors
**also trained for Community Training
+ also trained for Chainsaw Training


Susan Hunt is trained for Connecting Neighbors. 


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.