IGRC Early Response Disaster Training

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Bloomington Wesley UMC is having an Early Response Teams (ERT) training on Saturday, Nov. 2nd. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Oct. 23rd and can be completed here.

Tornadoes, floods, and snow/ice storms can happen to YOU!

Illinois Great Rivers Conference experiences all of these natural disasters and at times there are multiple incidences within one storm system. In each event, IGRC Early Response Teams (ERT) are present. ERT’s are trained to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. ERT’s work to prevent further damage to survivors’ homes through tarping, debris removal and cleaning out flooded homes. ERT’s are trained to be keenly aware of emotional needs and know the disaster belongs to the local community. ERT’s are first and foremost present “to do no harm” and assist families during a deeply traumatic time.

Spontaneous volunteers are no longer allowed into most disaster areas in the early days following an incident. As UMCOR trained and badged volunteers ERT’s are allowed into areas as soon as the damaged areas are accessible. We, as United Methodists, can be among the first to respond through EARLY RESPONSE TEAMS (ERT) and the last to leave through the work of VOLUNTEER IN MISSION TEAMS (VIM). 

WILL YOU PARTICIPATE IN ILLINOIS GREAT RIVERS DISASTER RESPONSE? THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU!