Disaster Response


Early Response Training (ERT) - Yorktown

Yorktown UMC will host an Early Response Training course, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, July 15, 2017. The comprehensive training is designed to help churches, as well as individuals, lead efficient response procedures after disaster strikes. This may include cleaning out flood-damaged homes, removing debris, placing tarps on homes, assist in preventing further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. Cost for this training is $35 per person.  


Disaster recovery begins with an Early Response Team

The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster.

The team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery, rebuild or repair team. Rather, it fills a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the presence of the church.

It is important to understand that ERTs are trained primarily to respond within their own community. To travel to another district, conference or jurisdiction requires an invitation from that area's ERT coordinator.

All ERTs are trained by authorized UMCOR trainers and given badges by their own conference. All ERTs are encouraged to wear bright green T-shirts as a means of recognition.

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Conference Disaster
Response Coordinator


Allison Curts

Associate Director of
Missions and Justice Ministries


(812) 236-1092 (text or call)