Early Response Team Trainings on July 20 and September 7

By WV UMC Admin

An Early Response Teams primary purpose is to stabilize, secure and clean out the homes of disaster impacted survivors so that no further damage occurs.

This early intervention restores hope and empowers survivors to take their next brave steps toward recovery.

Follow this link to register for either the July 20 training at Cross Lanes UMC (Cross Lanes, WV – Nine Rivers District) or the September 7 training at Grace UMC (Keyser – Potomac Highlands District). Plan to be onsite from 8:30am-5pm.

Cost is $25. Lunch is provided and each participant will also receive an ERT team member t-shirt.

Early Response Teams (ERTs) are specially trained to respond during the relief period following disasters by performing specific tasks that address families’ immediate needs in order to ready homes for longterm recovery. For many survivors, ERTs’ caring Christian presence may be the most important support they receive.

An ERT is neither an emergency response team nor a repair and rebuild team; rather, team members are trained to assist families to salvage and protect property and to prevent further damage. This intervention may also expedite recovery by allowing individuals and families to ‘shelter in place’ and to maintain connections with community based services, employment, education and supporting neighbors.

If you have any questions please email WVUMC Disaster Response.