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How to Become an Early Response Team Member (ERTs)

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 disastersThe 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.

 
The next Early Response training opportunities will be:

              9am-5pm, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Wesley Foundation at Tarleton State  University
              Trainer:  Laraine Waughtal
              Material & Training Fee:  $30

              8am - 4pm, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at White's Chapel UMC
              Trainers:  Allen Grant & Bob Stephenson
              Material & Training Fee:  $30

             9am - 5pm, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at FUMC Hillsboro
             Trainers:  George Murphy & Richard Clester
             Material & Training Fee:  $30
 
Recertification is necessary every 3 years to stay current.  The next Early Response Recertification Training will be:
           
            9am-1pm, Jan. 24, 2015 at Morgan Mill UMC
            Trainer:  Laraine Waughtal
            Material & Training Fee:  $20

UMCOR policy requires that there must be a minimum of seven persons registered in order to conduct a training class. If the class for which you have registered does not meet that minimum by the Monday before it is scheduled, you will be notified of the cancellation and given the option to take the class at a later date.

You may register for the training by clicking here or on the ERT REGISTRATIONS button below. If you've already registered but need to make a payment via the online tool, follow this link or click the ERT ONLINE PAYMENTS button below. 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:

  • Complete the basic class, led by an authorized trainer
  • Pass a background check done by the conference office (usually related to “Safe Sanctuaries”)
  • Score 70% or higher on the ERT basic class quiz (found in the manual)
For more information, contact Rev. Laraine Waughtal, CTC Coordinator of Disaster Response.