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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Upcoming VIM Events

    Early Response Team (ERT) Training: November 18, 2017

    Alexander United Methodist Church, 10540 Main St, Alexander, NY 14005, 8 AM - 5 PM

    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 Brian Greenwald facilities this 8-hour course.

    Trained by UMCOR, Brian is an experienced ERT responder. Questions should be directed to Brian at bngreenwald@windstream.net

    • ERT training cost of $25.00 includes the ERT manual, background check, supplies, 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 registrants by November 11.

    Click here to register. 


    Early Response Team (ERT) Training and ERT Recertification - Oct 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 unyvim@unyumc.org or Brian at bngreenwald@windstream.net.

    • 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. 


    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 UNYvim@unyumc.org 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."