With the end of the 2021 hurricane season in sight, now is a great time to evaluate your readiness, attend an Early Response Team (ERT) training or ERT recertification class, or give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
For those whose ERT credentials have expired due to COVID, UMCOR has waived all credentials from November 2019 through December 2021. In order to move forward in the credentialing process, UMCOR has now deployed an online recertification course to help interested individuals update their ERT credentials. South Georgia Disaster Response Coordinator Luis Morales will host two, four-hour online classes, on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. Participants only need to attend one session to renew for another three years. More information
An in-person Basic ERT Recertification class will be taught Dec. 3 at Goshen United Methodist Church in Rincon. This class is for current or expired ERTs who need to update their badge. More information
For those who would like to attend a Basic ERT Training, one will be held Dec. 4 at Goshen UMC in Rincon. More information
South Georgia United Methodists have responded to the devastation left by Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas left in Louisiana and other Gulf States. When the Louisiana Conference asked for ERT assistance, South Georgia’s district disaster response coordinators deployed teams to help support relief efforts.
And because of your generosity, our storage facilities are at capacity, full of flood buckets, hygiene kits, cleaning kits, and school kits. At this time, the conference is not able to receive any additional buckets or kits, but will communicate as soon as more are needed. Donations may be sent to UMCOR through their “Materials Resources” fund.
South Georgia continues to increase its capacity for disaster response and readiness. Morales and District coordinators Kelly Crane (Coastal District), Rob Belknap (North Central District), Neal Anderson (Northeast District), Glenn Martin (Northwest District), Susan Hughes (South Central), and Thomas Smith (Southwest District) are committed to providing the loving presence of Christ during all times of disaster.
“On behalf of the conference disaster team, I want thank South Georgia United Methodists for their continued support and generosity,” Morales said. “It is humbling and comforting to know we have your backing.”