Phone(601) 264-9181
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Mail 115 S 24th AVE
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Location 115 S 24th AVE
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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Monday        8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday       8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday      8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday          CLOSED

ERT Training at Senatobia District Office

ERT Training at Senatobia District Office
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Senatobia District Office
551 N. Robinson Street
Senatobia, MS 38668

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Ray Wallace

The Mission of an early response team (ERT) is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. 

An early response team fills a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the caring presence of the church and to provide hope for the survivors. Through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)/ United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) partnership, you can serve with a team (typically 10-16 persons) or as an individual. Volunteers need to be in relatively good health, complete an application form, willing to pay his/her own way or help raise team funds and agree to attend training sessions conducted by the team leader prior to departure.

What do early response teams do? 

• Provide a Christian presence... this does not sound like a task...and it is not, however it can be the most important thing a team can do
• Take steps to prevent further damage to a family’s personal property (stabilize)
• Tarping
• Debris removal
• Cleaning out of flooded homes
• Teams may be asked to manage donated materials, gather information or other things as deemed necessary by the community
• Observe survivor’s needs and report these to the local operations
• Be a part of the caring ministry of “listeners” who will help the survivor begin to heal

We need certified ERTs to respond to disasters in the days after they happen.