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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Early Response Team (ERT) Training and ERT Recertification

    October 28, 2017

    Upper New York Conference Office, 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. Liverpool, NY, 8 AM - 5 PM (or 1-5 PM to recertify)

    UMCOR’s Early Response Team (ERT) training equips individuals to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster. When disaster strikes, Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage. The work provides a caring Christian presence in times of disaster. The ERT badge is issued by UMCOR to applicants over the age of 18 after successful completion of an ERT course and background check. Badges are valid for 3 years.

    • The Early Response Team course is facilitated by Roger and Donna Cullen. This course is 8 hours.
    • The ERT Recertification is for current or recently expired ERT badge holders. Brian Greenwald facilities this 4 hour course.

    Trained by UMCOR, all three trainers are experienced ERT responders. Questions should be directed to the Cullens at or Brian at

    • ERT training cost of $25.00 includes the ERT manual, background check, supplies, and badge.
    • Recertification cost is $21.50 includes materials, supplies, background check, and badge.

    Payment is by check written to "Clifton Springs UMC" with "ERT" written on the memo line. Bring check to the training.

    Training is potentially cancelled if less than 12 people register by October 20.

    Click here to register. 

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."