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.
The ERT Training lasts a full day. After completion of the training, participants will receive credentials which are required for site access during a disaster response. Participants will help by either joining an existing team or forming their own team.
While there is no upper age limit, all participants need to be in good physical health, be over 18 years of age, and agree to a background check.