Early Response Basic Training and Recertification Course

WhenSaturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
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WhereWoodbury Peaceful Grove UMC
7465 Steeple View Road
Woodbury, MN 55125

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ContactAnne Harvell
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Early Response Teams (ERT) fill a specific need in the days soon after a natural disaster. ERTs remove debris, clean out flood-damaged homes, and otherwise help to prevent further property damage while providing a caring Christian presence. ERT volunteers are different from general volunteers because we are trained, have security background checks and are entirely self-sufficient. Since 1997 ERT trained volunteers have worked at 18 Minnesota disasters and responded five times to disasters in other states. The course, taught by UMCOR certified instructors, provides the basic skills for you to become a member of the Early Response Team.

Course Outline

  • Mission of Early Response Team at natural disasters
  • When, Why, What, Who we serve
  • Working with Survivors
  • Caring Christian Presence
  • Relief Stage
  • Team Safety
  • ERT Protocols
  • Safe Gathering for Disaster Survivors
  • Equipping an ERT
  • Equipment Safety: Chainsaw, ladder
  • Cleaning Out Damaged Homes
  • Sorting Debris
  • Installing a tarp

-Must be 18 years of age.
-Must have a current SAFE GATHERINGS certificate including background check. Access this certification on-line by clicking here.  You will register your information, pay a $32.25 fee, and then complete an online tutorial that takes 60-90 minutes.


Cost: $20 (includes ERT training materials, lunch, snacks and UMCOR Photo ID - no fee if you are taking it for re-certification)
Deadline: May 03, 2017 12:00 AM
Sponsor: Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Disaster Response, Woodbury Peaceful Grove UMC

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404


(612) 870-0058