The Louisiana Conference is constantly in need of certified ERT responders.
Early Response Teams (ERT's) fill a specific need in the early 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.
ERT's are not the first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams.
Under very specific guidelines, ERT's assist survivors, without causing further harm or being a burden to the affected community.
At this time, we are offering both basic and advanced training in Shreveport and Baton Rouge.
Below you will find the dates, locations and links to register.
NOTE REGARDING THE ADVANCED CLASS: You must be Early Response team trained to take the Advanced Class. If your ERT badge is expiring in 2018, this advanced training will re-certify your ERT status for an additional 3 years. The advanced curriculum includes the following two courses:
For more on ERT work inside the United Methodist Church, please visit this link.
If you have ever wondered what it means to serve on an ERT team, listen and watch as Rev. Bob Deich explains what it's like to serve as the hands and feet of Christ and to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster.
For a sample of the training, view below this condensed muck out training video: