Disaster Response Team

Our Disaster Relief Committee is creating an Early Response Team, certified under the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. Certification will allow our team to have early access to a relief site in the early relief stages following a disaster. Two classes are offered:

  • Base Early Response Team training prepares team members for what they will encounter when they reach a disaster site. Training will be offered April 21, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Alpharetta Methodist. The class costs $10, which includes a background check as part of certification. You must be age 18 or older to participate. Pay on the day of the class (cash or check only).
  • An optional “Care Team” Certification focuses on how to interact or care for the emotional needs of families who have experienced a disaster. A Care Team class will be held at Alpharetta Methodist May 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Base ERT class is a prerequisite. This class is free.

Register for these classes.

Disasters bring about human suffering and present needs that are often best met through the local church. The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church (NGUMC) established a Disaster Response Ministry to enable churches to minister to those in need after a disaster, whether local, regional or international.

The NGUMC’s Disaster Response Ministry provides awareness, training and resources and facilitates communication between Methodist churches in time of disaster. The ministry also coordinates with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to send trained servants to aid in early response and long-term recovery.

Alpharetta Methodist’s Disaster Response Team strives to tap into people’s eagerness to help in times of need. The team also travels annually to the Alabama coast to assist with ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery, and plans regular mission trips to support needs in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

Disaster Response Team at Alpharetta Methodist works very closely with Alpharetta Public Safety and would coordinate through that agency to administer early response assistance immediately following a local disaster. As time progressed, the team would become assessors to direct care from outside our community toward the areas of greatest need.

Many Disaster Response Team volunteers are Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) certified and active supporters during local emergency fire, tornado and other catastrophic events, dealing with injury and special immediate emergency needs. CERT certification ensures skills which bolster Disaster Response Team efforts in the field, keeping our folks cared for in the event of health problems. CERT training is available through the Alpharetta Fire Department.

For questions about the AFUMC Disaster Response Team, to offer aid or to volunteer, please contact Patti Fredlund.