The West Ohio Conference will hold an Early Response Team (ERT) training on Saturday, March 14, 8:00 am-4:00 pm at Bellefontaine First UMC. ERT volunteers provide support in disaster response situations and must go through specific training with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). This ensures that ERT volunteers will be productive and caring while causing no further harm or burden on the affected community. Topics covered in the class include the who, what, when, where and how of doing disaster response ministry, as well as hands-on experience in the specific tasks that early responders are expected to accomplish. Volunteers who pass the course will receive a three-year UMCOR badge that allows early access to disaster areas. Cost for the training is $40 for new volunteers; $35 for recertification. Deadline to register is March 8. For more information or to register for the class, click here.