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Training Opportunities

UMCOR Early Response Team Training provides you with the basic information you need about Early Response Teams. ERTs fill a specific need in the days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes and otherwise help to 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.

All ERT members are trained by authorized UMCOR trainers, and are given identification badges as evidence of successful completion of the basic class. It is ideal for each church to have ERT trained volunteers who are able to respond to needs across the Conference and UMC jurisdiction. Under the UMCOR system, early responders cannot help unless they are trained. 

UMCOR Site Evaluation Training explores ways to evaluate a site for safety and suitability for an ERT. ERT site evaluation specialty teams could be very helpful in the earliest days after an event to set the way for other teams to come. This class is not designed for use in rebuilding or repairing.

Crisis Response Care Training Opportunities: Crisis Response Training impacts communities through training and supporting many first responder networks. CPC hosts a program which introduces an intervention protocol developed specifically for dealing with traumatic events known as Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Classes are available in-person in southern Missouri. Learn more and find available classes at www.crisisresponse.org.

Upcoming Disaster Response Trainings and Events

No events listed here? Check back soon as our offerings are regularly updated. If you're interested in future training opportunities, please add your name to the wait list. We will contact you when the next training is scheduled and when space is available.

Local Church Disaster Response Asset Mapping

One piece of the readiness puzzle is understanding where assets are located. When a disaster hits, information gathered ahead of time makes it easier to coordinate the help that affected individuals and local organizations need.  

Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Scott Burdin is working to get a better idea of where United Methodist-related resources lie in Missouri. The Local Church Disaster Response Resources Form will help us identify churches who are willing to host teams, have showers, have professionally trained church members (doctors, nurses, counselors, etc.) who are willing to help, have equipment staging areas and more.

Work with your local church to fill out the form linked below. You can start the form, submit it and re-access it later to make updates. If your church does not have any of the assets listed, or is not interested in helping, please note that on the form. All information is helpful!

Fill Out the Form

Conference Disaster Response Plan

Our Conference Disaster Response Plan is designed to be a living document. It serves as a guide – for the Conference, districts, local churches, clergy and all those who find themselves within our Annual Conference – to plan for, respond to and recover from a disastrous event. The Conference Disaster Response Coordinator (CDRC) will evaluate, practice and critique the plan annually. Any additions, deletions and updates without budgetary implications will be made and shared with the Annual Conference.

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Disaster Response Resources

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Flood Preparedness Checklist

Is your flood kit ready? Download our free checklist to start planning your flood kit! Download the Free Checklist Here  

Local Church Insurance Resources

Options for insurance for your local church.

Winter Preparedness Checklist

Don't be left out in the cold by walking through your winter preparedness checklists. Winter storms and cold temperatures can have dangerous effects on property and people. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults. Download and read the full resource below.    Download Here  

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Service Opportunities

Around the U.S. and around the world, the United Methodist Committee on Relief provides resources for disaster response and rebuilding. Click here to check out current projects across the country.

Short-Term Recovery in North Texas

Level of Certification or Skills Required: All levels

Three communities were hit by the tornado: Sherwood Shores, Bowie and Jacksboro. Of those three, Jacksboro had the most damage. Eighty homes were destroyed or damaged; the number is expected to rise to 100+ as more evaluations are completed. The North Texas Conference will be asking for and accepting registration of ERT teams to do tarping, muck-out and tree trimming. They can be either a fully trained ERT team or have a 1:1 ratio (one trained team member for each untrained team member). This is expected to be a 3-4 week need. The UMC is the only relief agency bringing in teams. The county is supplying all the tarps, 2x4s, plywood, etc. The county can house two teams at a time plus day-trippers who do not need lodging.

Interested? Teams must please register with Rev. Jacob Fields. Email or call him to indicate interest in serving, to seek more information or to ask any questions at jacobw.fields@gmail.com and at (940) 320-9492.

Teams are encouraged to plan to arrive either Sunday night or Monday morning and to book their time in Jacksboro by contacting Jacob. Ideally, each team will work up to three days on site and depart on Friday morning. If you, or anyone from your church or team goes to help, please report your volunteer hours to Scott at sburdin@moumethodist.org.

Louisiana Long-term Recovery

Level of Certification or Skills Required: All levels

The Louisiana Annual Conference is ready to receive long-term volunteer teams to help with recent years’ devastating hurricane seasons. Lodging and meals will be provided. You need to provide the team and tools. Materials will be at the job site. If your group is interested,

Interested? Fill out this form

Recovery in Tennessee and Western Kentucky

Level of Certification or Skills Required: All levels

The Tennessee/Western Kentucky Conference is getting ready for long term recovery teams to help with the rebuild. Some areas are a little farther along than others, and this is just the beginning to a long-term process.

Interested? Visit www.twkumc.org/disaster-response to sign up. If you, or anyone from your church or team goes to help, please report your volunteer hours to Scott at sburdin@moumethodist.org.

Recovery Teams Needed in Texas

Level of Certification or Skills Required: All levels

The Northwest Texas Conference is seeking teams to work in Lamesa, Texas. Please contact Charlie Brown at charlie.m.brown@gmail.com to find out more detail about dates, supplies needed and to schedule teams. 

Interested? Read more at www.ntcumc.org.


Give financially to disaster response using our online giving portal.

Or mail a check with "Disaster Response" in the memo line to:
Missouri Annual Conference
3601 Amron Court
Columbia, MO 65202


Scott Burdin
Conference Disaster Response Coordinator
(660) 676-3454