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.

ERT training dates and locations: 

New Orleans District (*CERT participants MUST complete both training days in order to register!*)

January 18: New Orleans EMS Headquarters (2929 Earhart Blvd)

January 25: Sanchez Multi-Service Center (1616 Caffin Ave.)

Baton Rouge District

January 25: FUMC Hammond (2200 Rue Denise)



We are always looking for churches to host ERT trainings. Please contact Rev. Elaine Burleigh or call her at 225-346-1646 if your church can host a training.

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: