Cancelled - Early Response Team Basic Training and Recertification Course-Two Harbors
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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Two Harbors UMC & PC (USA)
531 3rd Ave
Two Harbors, MN 55616

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Gary Bochman

The Minnesota Annual Conference will be offering a training course for those interested in volunteering for disaster relief work through UMCOR.  Becoming an Early Response Team (ERT) member gives you the credentials to enter disaster torn areas. ERTs from Minnesota respond to various types of disasters such as flooding, tornados, and hurricanes.  You must have completed this training and have a successful background check on file with UMCOR 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. 

The Minnesota ERT trained volunteers have been active since 1997 working disasters in Minnesota and neighboring states within the North Central Jurisdiction and also serving in other states when major disasters have hit. Over the past two years the team has served over 1300 hours and 97 volunteer days in responding to nine deployments in Minnesota and two deployments in Wisconsin.

This 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

Prerequisites to take ERT Basic Training or Re-Certification:

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must have a current Safe Gatherings certificate. For more information on Safe Gathering click here.

Cost: $20 for new trainees (includes ERT training materials, lunch, snacks and UMCOR Photo ID). No fee for re-certification.
Deadline: April 15, 2020 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