Close X
  • Home
  • About
  • Ministries
  • Mission
  • Events
  • News
  • Resources
  • X



    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Upcoming VIM Events

    Early Response Team (ERT) Training and ERT Recertification

    May 12, 2018 - Clifton Springs United Methodist Church, 1 East Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 8-5 PM or 10-2:30 PM to recertify

    UMCOR’s Early Response Teams (ERT) provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster. The training equips you to help communities to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and help to prevent further damage. This training credentials you to enter disaster zones. An ERT badge is issued by UMCOR to applicants over the age of 18 after successful completion of the course and a background check. Badges are valid for 3 years. Individuals need not be United Methodist to take the training.

    The 8-hour Early Response Team course is facilitated by Roger and Donna Cullen, co-coordinators of Upper New York Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM). Students new to ERT and those wishing to renew their certification are welcome to the training. Questions can be directed to us at our conference email account or Brian at

    • ERT training cost is $25.00 and the recertification cost is $20. Write check to "Clifton Springs UMC" with "ERT" on memo line. Bring check to the training.
    • The deadline to register is April 28.
    • There must be a minimum of 12 participants per class or event is cancelled.

    Click here to register.

    Early Response Team (ERT) Training

    Host your own VIM training event. Just provide a classroom and lunch service, either free or paid, your option.

    Presented by UMCOR certified trainers.
    Contact Donna and Roger Cullen at or 585-398-1282 to request a class in your church or at a District event. This 8-hour class is offered for as few as 12 people. We will help with advertising.

    What do UMCOR Early Response Teams Do?

    1. Provide a Christian presence. This does not sound like a task… and is NOT, however, it can be the MOST important thing a team can do.
    2. Take steps to prevent further damage to a family’s personal property (stabilize): Tarping, Debris removal, Cleaning out of flooded homes
    3. Teams may be asked to manage donated materials, gather information or other perform other tasks as deemed necessary by the community.
    4. Observe survivor’s needs and report these to the local operations.
    5. Be a part of the caring ministry of “listeners” who will help the survivor being to heal.

    What will you learn in an ERT class?

    • The Who, What, When, and Why of Early Response Teams
    • Working with survivors
    • Seven important things to know about disaster spiritual and emotional care
    • Organizational structure for the relief stage
    • Team safety
    • ERT protocols
    • Safe sanctuaries
    • Equipping an ERT

    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."