Early Response Team (Disaster Recovery Support)
Early Response Team is part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Volunteers are trained to be a part of a fully trained team or to lead a non-trained team to assist recovery activities. They provide a Christian presence and take steps to prevent further damage to a family’s personal property (stabilizing by tarping, debris removal, chainsaw work, cleaning out flooded homes, etc.). Teams may be asked to manage donated materials, gather information or perform other tasks as deemed necessary by the community; observe survivor’s needs and report these to the local operations and be a part of the caring ministry of “listeners” who will help survivors begin to heal. Several members of our church have been trained as volunteers and have responded to disasters in Haiti, Long Island, Rhode Island, the Catskills and others. Contact the church office at [email protected] for more information about being trained as a volunteer to get involved locally, or on one of the possible international causes.