Early Response Training (ERT) - Nebraska Wesleyan, Lincoln NE
Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Hollie Tapley

If you are willing to be involved in the early days following a disaster … come to this training!

  • What:    Early Response Team Training (Disaster Response)
  • Where:  Nebraska Wesleyan Uni., 5000 St. Paul, Lincoln, NE
  • When:   Saturday, 2/3/2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Not a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery rebuild or repair team: the purpose of ERT’s is to fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster of being a Christian presence of the church. ERTs respond only after they have been requested by the effected community. Come learn about where United Methodists are involved, what is a disaster, how do we get prepared for a disaster, what we can do when a disaster strikes, how the disaster response plan is activated, how to be a caring presence to communities facing disaster recovery, and hear stories about how we do not harm the recovery process for individuals.  You will also 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 “listeners”
  • 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

Various tasks are assigned to an ERT by those selected by the community to command the response, but no task is more important that the purpose of ERT than being a part of the ministry of “listeners” who help survivors begin to heal. Team members must respect that some work on damaged homes may, in fact, jeopardize the survivor’s eligibility for greater assistance. Teams and team members must pledge to be part of the solution and not become the problem, to join in the response rather than initiate their own desires. ERT team members must obtain Safe Gatherings certification and be able to respond with little advance notice, putting personal plans on hold when the call to respond comes your way.

Registration fee covers course materials, snacks, lunch and instructor travel costs.

For more information, contact the trainer, Hollie Tapley at htapley@greatplainsumc.org.