Start Hurricane Season with Disaster Response Training
Even as the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) continues to assist communities across the United States that were struck by this spring’s historic tornadoes, storms, and floods, it is also preparing to meet the challenges of the 2011 hurricane season, which began June 1.
But UMCOR depends on United Methodists throughout the connection to meet the needs of those impacted by disasters around the globe. If you want to be among those who provide a caring Christian presence in the earliest days after a disaster, then Early Response Team Training is a tool you need.
The next Early Response Team Training in the Texas Annual Conference will be held Saturday, July 9, at Grace Fellowship UMC in Katy. There will be also be re-certification course offered the same day for those who are eligible for it. Teams explore the many ways people have been the hands and feet of Christ after disasters, often by simply providing a listening ear.
Additionally, ERTs are trained and equipped to enter disaster sites in a self-sustaining manner, with their own transportation, fuel, food, equipment, and lodging. The training costs $25 and includes lunch, manual, Tshirt, photo badge. Sign Language interpreters will be provided.
The TAC, in partnership with UMCOR, is also conducting a recertification class for Early Responders using approved UMCOR curriculum, and certified ERT trainers. Early responders representing the Texas Conference must update their certification every three years to be current for service.
Visit www.txcumc.org/taccor for registration and additional information.