Early Response Basic Training and Recertification Course-St Cloud
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Kelly Inn Best Western Hotel
100 4th Avenue South
St Cloud, MN 56301

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About Early Response Basic Training and Recertification Course-St Cloud

Minnesota Disaster Response Team will be offering a training course for those interested in volunteering for hurricane relief through UMCOR. Becoming an Emergency Response Team (ERT) member gives you the credentials to enter disaster torn areas. ERTs from Minnesota will be responding to recent hurricanes and other disasters. You must have completed this training and have a successful background check on file with the conference in order to volunteer. 

ERTs 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. Access this certification on-line by clicking here. Click on “Get Started”.  This will direct you to the listing of the CongregationU courses where you will select the “Safe Gatherings Abuse Prevention Training for CongregationU”.  Select the course, add to cart, and continue to the next screen to create an individual account and complete the purchase.”  The cost is $22 and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. 

Cost: $20 (includes ERT training materials, lunch, snacks and UMCOR Photo ID - no fee if you are taking it for re-certification)
Deadline: May 15, 2018 12:00 AM
Sponsor: Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Disaster Response

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404


(612) 870-0058