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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Upcoming VIM Events

    ERT Training – September 9

    UMCOR’s Early Response Team (ERT) training equips volunteers to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. When disaster strikes, Early Response Teams (ERTs) 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.

    On September 9, learn how to respond to disaster in an Early Response Team (ERT) class offered at Eden UMC. The facilitators Roger and Donna Cullen are UMCOR certified trainers and experienced ERT responders.

    Register for the training at:

    For information contact the Cullens at

    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."