Early Response Team

Early Response Team

The ERT team stands next to a bunk bed they have made at a recovery site

The ERT team stands next to a bunk bed they have made at a recovery site

“In the hours and days after disaster, those who survive are looking for anything to give them hope.  ERT’s can provide the kind of immediate response that restores hope, builds faith, and encourages those who are looking to their neighbor for support”  

– Rev. Tom Hazelwood, Assistant General Secretary, UMCOR

In partnership with The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and The Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church, Manchester UMC supports an Early Response Team (ERT) ministry.

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.

For more information on the ERT ministry at Manchester UMC, please contact John Himpel. If interested in volunteering, be sure to fill out and sign the Manchester UMC Consent and Release Form and place in the Early Response Team mailbox in the Manchester UMC volunteer workroom.