Early Response Teams (ERT)
How To Help Immediately
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Become part of the Early Response Team—
Responding to disasters with trained volunteers can make an immediate impact on those that have suffered the trauma of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc. Here are specific ways you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston and surrounding areas:
One of the primary ways the Central Texas Conference (CTC) responds to disasters is via our Early Response Team (ERT). The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enable a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.
While First Methodist Mansfield takes part in these classes, they are provided by the CTC and you will need to visit the CTC website to register and see requirements to participate. Please contact Susan Luttrell if you have any questions.
The Emotional and Spiritual Care Team Response Training provides spiritual and emotional needs to individuals, communities, and congregations following disasters; responding to those needs; elaborating strategies for disaster responders' self-care, and understanding how Care Teams fit into the overall United Methodist Disaster Response structure. Basic ERT Training is not a prerequisite for this class.
Emotional and Spiritual Care Team Response Training is provided by the Central Texas Conference. While First Methodist Mansfield takes part in these classes, you will need to contact Nikki Leaverton at firstname.lastname@example.org at our Conference office for class information and registration requirements.