The immediate aftermath of a disaster s known as the Rescue Phase. In that time emergency responders are at work searching for and rescuing survivors as well as stabilizing the infrastructure to make it safer and possible for the next phase, which is called the Relief Phase. If the disaster is within your own community or if the disaster is not classified a state or federal emergency, volunteers may offer to assist in the clean-up efforts, serving only with the permission of the affected community.
However, in major disasters, it is necessary that those who volunteer to help in the Relief Phase produce documentation that they have been trained by a recognized agency and are familiar with the protocols, what they can do, and more importantly, what they cannot do. UMCOR's Early Response Team Training has long been recognized by state Emergency Management officials, F.E.M.A., and Homeland Security as being among the best trained. Our reputation is highly regarded when teams are needed to help with the clean-up and assisting survivors.
To respond as an Annual Conference two things must happen.
If your church would like to host an ERT Training Event:
The process of preparing badges for those who have gone through ERT training is not an instant process. In order to reduce confusion and the delay that occasionally happens in delivery of ERT Badges, we are establishing the following Guideline:
In order to participate in ERT Training and receive a badge, the required background check must be completed and submitted to E.S.S. BEFORE the scheduled date of the class. In the past failure to submit background check forms in a timely manner have created problems and delays. There will be no exceptions to this policy. We truly hope this will expedite you receiving your badges.
If you have more questions please contact the Conference Disaster Coordinator Rev. Randy Burbank at 205-907-2657 or by email.