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Disaster Response Training

September 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - September 24, 2016 @ 4:30 pm


Disaster Response TrainingIntroduction

September 23 – 24, 2016 | Central United Protestant Church, Richland, Wa

Over the coming months, and maybe years, many volunteers are needed to help recover from the recent fires in Eastern Washington’s Okanogan County plus be prepared to respond to other natural disasters locally, regionally and even nationally. As with anything else, there is a right way and a less that right way to provide volunteer services.  Hear from experienced volunteers, participate in hands-on activities and learn the right way to help disaster survivors move towards their “new normal” by attending one or all of the following classes:

Friday, September 23, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Early Response Team (ERT) Refresher Course

Spiritual and Emotional Care Training

Connecting Neighbors Intro

Saturday, September 24, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Early Response Team Basic Class

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Class

Classes are open to anyone over 18 years old.  All classes to be held at the Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Dr., Richland, WA with a light lunch provided on Saturday. For reservations please fill out the RSVP form below. If you have any questions or for more information please email Kathy Bryson.

Class Descriptions

Early Response Team Basic:  (The required class to join an ERT and obtain a badge).  ERTs make a survivor’s home safe, secure, and sanitary along with preventing further damage.  Learn how to “muck-out” flooded homes, remove debris, assist with donations management, perform damage assessments, and respond to requests for help from the local emergency management team while providing a caring Christian presence.  Understand how to support a fire response through donations management, sheltering, damage assessment, information gathering and working directly with survivors through their recovery process.

Early Response Team Refresher:  (For previously certified ERT volunteers). ERTs are certified and badged by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to perform their duties and provide consistency across the US. Each ERT is required to attend a refresher course and have their background checks updated every three years.

Spiritual and Emotional Care:  This course provides basic information on spiritual and emotional care for survivors, first responders, and UMVIM team members.  It emphasizes listening skills, what to say, and what not to say.  Spiritual and emotional care is everyone’s responsibility, especially following a disaster.   

Volunteer in Mission (VIM) Team Leader Training:  Whether you have never led a VIM team or you have led several, this is the training for you.  Learn how to lead or just be part of a VIM team who are hoping to help survivors in areas such as the fire recovery in Okanogan County.  The course will cover the basics of leading a VIM team within the PNW Annual Conference, including requirements to work with the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group, housing and food, safety, and equipment needed.  Team orientation, required forms, and contacts will also be covered.

Connecting Neighbors: The first responders on the ground following a disaster are always your neighbors. This program helps individuals, families, neighborhoods, congregations, etc. develop plans for helping each other in the event of a disaster


September 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
September 24, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
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Kathy Bryson
(509) 539-2978


Central United Protestant
1124 Stevens Dr.
Richland, WA 99354 United States
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