The Louisiana Conference is need of certified ERT responders, specifically for the Lake Charles district and the area impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Early Response Teams (ERT's) 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.
ERT's are not the first-response group of emergency workers, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams.
Under very specific guidelines, ERT's assist survivors, without causing further harm or being a burden to the affected community.
For more on ERT work inside the United Methodist Church, please visit this link.
If you have ever wondered what it means to serve on an ERT team, listen and watch as Rev. Bob Deich explains what it's like to serve as the hands and feet of Christ and to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster.