Early Response Training (ERT) Recertification Class - Leawood, KS 10/26/19
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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13720 Roe Blvd
Leawood, KS 66224-3588

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Jerry O’Donnell

If your ERT certification has expired and you are willing to be involved in the early days following a disaster, come to this training!

  • Early Response Team  Recertification Training (Disaster Response)
  • Church of the Resurrection, Room B251 (Bldg B, above the Foundry), 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Contact / Trainer: Jerry O’Donnell ( jerry@pandjpartners.com )


Not a first response group of emergency workers, nor a recovery rebuild or repair team: the purpose of ERTs is to fill the specific need of being a Christian presence in the early days after a disaster. ERTs respond only after they have been requested by the affected community. Come learn where United Methodists are involved, what qualifies as a disaster, how we can prepare 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 the roles Early Response Teams play 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 survivors' 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 to the purpose of ERTs 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, and instructor travel costs. Everyone attending must bring a laptop or smartphone to the training.