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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Waterways are flooding as some areas of southeastern Pennsylvania received another 10" of rain. This follows closely on the heels of the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene last week.
Our local Emergency Response Teams are requesting that each of our churches collect flood buckets for use in local clean up.
Please collect the Cleaning (Flood) Buckets and take them to your local collection point as soon as possible. According to Volunteers in Mission Coordinator, Ben Botti, there are eighteen local collection points ready to receive donations of Cleaning Buckets.
Botti also encourages churches to get involved in Early Response Team training, which will be held two times in September.
September 10 and September 24, 2011
Early Response Team training: Both trainings will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Cost of the training is $15 per person with lunch and a light breakfast provided courtesy of the host churches. Early Response Teams (ERTs) are the folks who go in right after the emergency phase of a disaster to muck out homes, tarp roofs, remove wet drywall and insulation and cut up downed trees to make homes safe, sanitary and secure.
No repairs are performed by these teams. They often need to be totally self-sufficient, taking care of their own meals and transportation into and out of the affected area. Training is mandatory in order to participate on one of these teams and reasonably good health is required. Our goal is to eventually be able to deploy ERTs from each of the six districts in our conference, each with their own, fully equipped trailer.
The September 10 training will be held at Newtown UMC, Liberty & Greene Streets, Newtown, PA 18940.
The September 24 training will be held at Ruhl’s UMC, 4810 Elizabethtown Road, Manheim, PA 17545.
Attendance will be limited to 30 people at each training and a place can be held only after receipt of a check. If you wish to attend either training, please notify Helen Newell at email@example.com or . Checks payable to “EPA-VIM” with the notation “ERT Training” may be sent to Helen at 954 Garfield Ave., Lansdale, PA 19446.
The first ERT went over the first weekend in September to Whitemarsh to help with clean up of homes damaged by flooding due to Hurricane Irene.
More resources: http://www.epaumc.org/resources/disasterresponse