Early Response Teams (ERT) are specially trained, self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials, the local church or other recognized agencies requesting assistance. ERTs offer a Christian presence and are trained to provide various types of physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to disaster survivors. The groups are registered with the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the Florida Conference and Disaster Recovery coordinates team placement to get help where it is needed most after a disaster.

ERT training focuses on types, phases and levels of a disaster and explains what is meant by early response. Participants learn the importance of spiritual and emotional care, tarping, flood clean-up, chainsaw safety, team requirements and more. Participants are trained by UMCOR-certified trainers and, upon completion, receive a badge identifying them with UMCOR and the Florida Conference. Participants must be 18 or older and pass a background check.

Our Next Early Response Team (ERT) Training will be held 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 6, 2019, at First UMC St. Petersburg, 212 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg 33701. Space is limited to 25 people and registration is required.

To sign-up, please visit floridarestores.com/training-schedule

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