Mission Statement

Faith UMC’s Early Response Team (ERT) and
Disaster Preparedness Group will pray,
train, acquire equipment, and use other resources to prepare, practice. and respond to emergency events within our homes, church, community, and conference, while carrying out God’s call to love one another.

For more information contact Cathy Caffrey.

What is an ERT?

Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence.  Under very specific guidelines, ERTs assist survivors without causing further harm or being a burden to the affected community.

Click below to view ERT Video.

Upcoming Dates

Training:  To be determined. 
Setting up joint training with another church.

Goals, Achievements, &
Desired Equipment

  • 10 members attended basic ERT training

  • 6 members are certified in CPR/AED

  • Started the Do1Thing disaster/emergency preparation program

  • Monthly meetings/starting to collect equipment   

  • Full 14-member team capable of being deployed to a disaster

  • A solid baseline (10-15 households)of participants in Do1Thing to build on for future disaster preparedness

  • Have an emergency simulation (tabletop) for church leadership in 2019


Desired Equipment: 

If you or someone you know has any of the following that they will not need any longer (and they are in good working condition), contact us:

  • Gas-powered compressor

  • Gas-powered generator

  • Collapsible canopy/portable shed

  • Trailer for holding and transporting equipment

Click on the buttons below for ERT photos.

Below are links to forms intended to help families document information necessary before and after an emergency.