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.
NO TRAININGS SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME
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.
- Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship
- An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship
- IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship
- IS-366: Planning for the needs of children in disasters
- IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
- IS-906: Workplace Security Awareness Course
- Flood Preparedness Playbook
- Hurricane Preparedness Playbook
- Tornado Preparedness Playbook
- Wildfire Preparedness Playbook
- Winter Storm Preparedness Playbook
- CDC Preparedness & Response
- Red Cross Online Disaster Response Classes