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Pennyrile District Early Response Team Trainings

posted on July 02


Pennyrile District Early Response Team Trainings

 
On Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8, The KY Annual Conference will offer Early Response Team training opportunities for those Pennyrile District UMC’s and church members interested in receiving them. Both classes, a recertification class and a basic class, will be held at Hopkinsville First United Methodist Church. The trainings will be led by Mr. Jim Morse, Kentucky Annual Conference Disaster Response Coordinator (jmorse@kyumc.org). The contact person at First UMC for registration is Rev. Will Campbell, Associate Pastor (will@hopfumc.org).
 

What is an Early Response Team (ERT) and ERT Training?

 
Early Response Teams and ERT Training are the result of a collaborative effort of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM).
 
When disaster strikes, the local church usually provides the first response. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—helps form a foundation for UMCOR’s national training and response. UMCOR equips Methodists to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, supporting conference and church ministries on disaster response so that they can be the hands and feet of Christ in a hurting world.
 
Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence.
 
ERTs are not a first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams. Under very specific guidelines, ERTs assist survivors, without causing further harm or being a burden to the affected community. ERTs require an invitation to travel to another district, conference, or jurisdiction.
 

When exactly are the September 2018 trainings? Which one is for me?

 
ERT Recertification Class (4 hrs.) Cost: $5 per person
Friday, September 7, 4:30-8:30 PM [Hopkinsville First UMC]
 
For team members whose UMCOR badges are expiring. This class reviews the concepts and guidelines of the basic class and provides updates on disaster response guidelines as a whole. In order to be recertified, this class must be taken, a new personal photograph ID badge must be made, and a new background check + Safe Sanctuaries training must be done. Per the background check, each registrant will be provided a secure link to the service being used by UMCOR to input the necessary information for the check.  There is no cost to the registrant for the check.  Their information is secure and we get the pass/no pass information from the service without any of the registrant’s personal information. Safe Sanctuary training can be done online –or- if training has been completed in the last two years, a letter or copy of the participant’s certificate will be sufficient.
 
 
 
Basic ERT Member Training (8 hrs.) Cost: $10 per person
Saturday, September 8, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM [Hopkinsville First UMC]
 
For ERT-Trained Members whose badges have expired and persons who have had no previous training. Participants learn the basics of disaster response, including how to stabilize and secure homes safely, and how to work effectively with survivors and others on the response team. This standardized class is required for the basic ERT UMCOR identification badge. A background check and Safe Sanctuaries Training are also required for this course. Per the background check, each registrant will be provided a secure link to the service being used by UMCOR to input the necessary information for the check.  There is no cost to the registrant for the check.  Their information is secure and we get the pass/no pass information from the service without any of the registrant’s personal information. Safe Sanctuary training can be done online –or- if training has been completed in the last two years, a letter or copy of the participant’s certificate will be sufficient.
 

 
For More Information and to Register

Please contact Rev. Will Campbell, Hopkinsville FUMC Associate Pastor at the FUMC Church Office (270) 886-0277 or via email: will@hopfumc.org. If Will is not available due to a summer vacation weeks, please contact Mr. Jim Morse, Kentucky Annual Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, via email: jmorse@kyumc.org. Important note: Registration closes and all background checks are due to Will by September 1, 4 PM CST.