Early Response Team training event open to all, at Asbury UMC in Allentown, North District
Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Eastern PA Conference Disaster Response Ministry Team will sponsor, in partnership with Asbury Church, an Early Response Team training event. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at Asbury Church.

Early Response Team (ERT), whose mission is to provide skilled support to disaster survivors as soon as communities allow response teams into disaster-impacted areas. Robert Simcox, the conference’s Disaster Response Coordinator, will lead the ERT training.

The training costs $45 per person, which also provides the book Mission Journey (UMVIM participants will also get the updated VIM Team Leader Resource Toolkit), a light breakfast, and lunch. 

For more information, please email: , call: 610-427-0470, or click here: https://www.epaumc.org/events/

To register go to https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=405973&

Early Response Teams are “background-checked, badged, trained, and motivated to be a caring, listening Christian presence,” said Simcox. “You will learn how early responders prevent further damage by tarping roofs, stabilizing structure, and clearing out debris and water-soaked materials. ERTs know how to prepare a structure for UMVIM recovery teams to do their work and how to provide hope to desperate survivors that God’s people do care about their lives and their homes.”

The  goal of the training is for participants to have a better understanding of the roles of team member and the “team” as a whole, the concepts of “prevent further damage” and “do no harm”, an  overall understanding of the disaster process and where ERT fits. We will cover the importance of safety and importance of listening. 

Presently we have a shortage of trained ERT’s in EPAUMC. Last year we had two trainings and 16 people were trained.  We are looking to grow the ERT Ministry to be able to respond as quickly as possible in our own neighborhoods if disaster strikes.