Early Response Team (ERT) Training
May 17, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
What if the debris dam in Oso had not held and all the water behind the dam was released at once? The authorities predict there would have been a catastrophic flood on the downstream side of the debris dam causing significant loss of life and extreme damage to the infrastructure and personal property. Would we, the United Methodist Church, have been able to respond and offer support to the survivors? Yes, but how much and what kind of support is in question. The Early Response Teams (ERT) are the first ones to respond after the emergency phase is over. The ERTs deploy to help the survivors make their homes safe, secure, sanitary and to prevent further damage. They “muck-out” the flooded homes, remove debris, assist with donations management, perform damage assessments, and respond to requests for help from the local emergency management team.
In the PNW Conference, we have 90+ volunteers trained as ERTs. Experience has shown that we could have deployed three seven-person teams on short notice. A catastrophic or even a major flood requires many more teams than that. We would have had to request help from our neighbors across the Jurisdiction and maybe even the whole United States. We would like to increase our volunteer pool so we can be ready in the event of a major natural disaster. Our next ERT training will be May 17th from 8:30 until 4:30 at the Marysville UMC, 5600 64th St NE, Marysville, WA 98270. Won’t you prayerfully consider joining us?
Contact Jim Truitt, 253.630.1268 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have questions about the ministry.