The United Methodist Church has a rich history of engaging in disaster response, supported by our own outstanding relief organization, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). One way for churches and individuals to be engaged in this work is to be trained as volunteer Early Response Team (ERT) members, equipping them to be ready for deployment in the event of a disaster, both within our United Methodist conference boundaries and beyond.
The Metro and North Central districts will be hosting two identical ERT training events on two Saturdays in October. Both events—October 2 at Button Memorial UMC in Little Elm and October 23 at Hamilton Park UMC in Dallas—will be open to those wanting to attend the Basic Training for the first time to be certified as ERTs and for those who have previously been trained and certified who need to go through the recertification process. Each event is open to anyone interested in this ministry, regardless of district residence.
Starting at 9 a.m., the Basic Training track will last five hours; the re-certification track will last three hours. Lunch is included for both tracks. The cost for participants is $20 and will include all printed materials, a T-shirt, lunch, and snacks. Registration is available online.