Early Response Teams (ERT) enter the disaster are after the first responders complete their mission usually days to a week after the event. Typically, ERTs stay 3-4 days at a time 9as available and needed) until rebuilding teams arrive.
Major tasks include tarping roofs, muck out flooded houses, removing wet drywall, clearing yard debris. Support positions include talking to and caring for affected families, safety monitor, food coordinator.
To become a member of an ERT you must complete a one day training event (6-8 hrs) sponsored by the Rio Texas Conference (https://riotexasresponse.org/train-1/) and complete a background check and child/youth safety training (Trusted con Confianza).
After the ERT class is complete, members are eligible to complete a chainsaw certification, bobcat certification, team leader training, site assessment training and advance ERT training
If you select this serving tag the Outreach ministry will help schedule your training and keep you on a recall list. We will send out announcements after a disaster, and if you are available, we will help coordinate the ERT (local, regional, or nationally for major disasters).
Basic construction skills (but not required)
Ability to serve people who have experienced a loss