One of the primary ways the Central Texas Conference responds to disasters is via our Early Response Team (ERT). Our CTC ERTs respond to disasters within the conference, as well as to help other areas facing disasters. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enables a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.
If you are called to service as a member of the CTC ERT, you'll need to register for and participate in one of the trainings taught throughout the year. These trainings are taught by “authorized” UMCOR trainers, and team members are given authorized ERT ID badges from UMCOR as evidence of completing the training.
You may register for the training by clicking here or on the ERT REGISTRATION button below. If you've already registered but need to make a payment via the online tool, follow this link. The topics covered in the class include the who, what, when, where and how of doing disaster response ministry, as well as some hands on experience in the specific tasks that early responders are expected to accomplish in the face of a disaster. Remember, if you want to be part of the first responders to an emergency situation from the CTC, you have to have completed this training.
Here are the basic qualifications for one to become a certified Early Responder with the Central Texas Conference: