Disaster Response


The Illinois Great Rivers Conference Disaster Response Mini Academy will be held on September 29-30, 2017, at East Bay Camp in Hudson, IL. Classes being offered are as follows:

  1. ERT (Early Response Team)
  2. ERT Recertification
  3. Connecting Neighbors (Local Church Preparedness)
  4. Spiritual & Emotional Care Team Basic Training
  5. Volunteer in Mission Team Leader Training

For information, please download this flyer. If you need more information, please contact Sara Brown, Chair of Disaster Response committee at hashbrown2147@msn.com.

To register, please click on the red link: IGRC Disaster Response Mini Academy on September 29-30, 2017.                                  Deadline is September 26, 2017.

If you can’t make the Mini Academy there are two other ERT Training's this fall. Training's are usually held on a Saturday and are usually held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Please register by clicking on one of the red links:

ERT Training at Peoria Bethel UMC on November 4, 2017. Deadline is October 27, 2017

ERT Training at Fairbury First UMC on November 11, 2017. Deadline is November 3, 2017.

There are also ERT Recertification training's occasionally available for those who have been through the training and whose badges are near or recently expired: Training's usually take place on Fridays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Please register by clicking on the red link: 

ERT Recertification Training at Fairbury First UMC on November 10, 2017. Deadline is November 3, 2017

What is an ERT: The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster. It is a cooperative effort between the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. The team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery, rebuild or repair team. Rather, it fills a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the presence of the church.

Download the General ERT Information Bulletin

What is Connecting Neighbors: This training inspires congregations and communities to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to respond to neighbors in helpful, cooperative and caring ways on behalf of the church and in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Information from this training comes from the knowledge and experience gleaned over many years by dedicated volunteers who have served their neighbors on behalf of the church.

What is the Spiritual & Emotional Care Team: Provides spiritual & emotional care following disasters. Working closely with the conference Disaster Response committee, care teams help survivors connect with their personal and community spiritual, emotional & basic life resources. 

What is a Volunteer in Mission Team Leader: The work of a VIM team leader includes the planning & carrying out of an effective mission work trip. The mission trip is a ministry to those that you are leading and those served by the mission team.