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.
Come learn about where United Methodists are involved during a disaster, how do we get prepared for a disaster, what we can do when a disaster strikes. You will learn about the roles Early Response Teams plan in the early days after a disaster:
- Provide a Christian presence, be a part of the caring ministry of listening.
- Take steps to prevent further damage to a family’s personal property: tarps, flood clean-out, debris removal
- Help manage donated materials, gather information, or do other things needed in the community
- Observe survivor’s needs and report those to the local disaster operations