Response  |  Operations  |  Relief


The Committee on Relief has three priorities: Response, Operations, and Relief. Welcome to our Mission Operations pages. Operations refers to all Relief work that happens pre and post disaster.


Early Response Teams

ERTs go into an affected area after the first responders have secured the area and invited them in. For ERT deployment please see our Disaster Response page. Disaster Response works with and deploys ERTs. Mission Operations (this page) trains and re-certifies ERTs. Their purpose is to assist survivors to be “safe, sanitary and secure” which includes being a compassionate listener as survivors tell their story. Work may include removing debris, mucking out, tarping a roof, etc. ERTs must be self-contained since housing, food, electricity, etc. may not be available in or near the affected area. Because the work is often spiritually and emotionally draining, as well as physically exhausting, ERTs are usually deployed for only 3-4 days at a time. Conference ERTs are trained, credentialed and registered through the Committee on Relief.


We are excited to unveil a new comprehensive training program in mid-August that will include ERT basic training, ERT advanced trainings, and non-ERT trainings.

Long Term Work Teams

Sometimes called Building Teams or Mission Teams, Long Term Work Teams are the teams that go into the affected area during the long-term recovery process to do repairs and rebuild houses or churches. These teams are usually working with the long-term recovery organization in the area who is doing case management to identify needs and resources. While construction and/or “handy man” type skills are highly desired, they are not necessary. Volunteer work teams may work in an area for a day, a weekend, a week or longer. Usually housing is available through local churches who may offer their fellowship hall and kitchen for the volunteers to use while working in the area. Credentials are not required.




Mission Response Center

The Mission Response Center receives and distributes humanitarian aid items, serves as a depot center for UMCOR, and offers staging for Disaster Response. The MRC also offers space to Project Agape.

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