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The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enable a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community. Classes are taught by “authorized” UMCOR trainers, and team members are given ID badges as evidence of training.
Basic Disaster Ministry is an introduction for all people interested in the unique and important role the faith community plays in disaster mitigation, preparedness, and response in the United States.  Participants learn about disasters, traditional responses to a disaster and how the faith-based response is different, how to prepare for a disaster, and ways to get involved after disaster strikes.  This purpose of this training is to provide an overall vision of disaster response.
103  CPR / First Aid – Provided by Red Cross or American Heart Association
201  Emotional and Spiritual Care In Disasters
“Calming After the Storm” and “The Ministry of Caring” are four- and six-hour workshops that offer practical information and ideas to help people facing the unique emotional and spiritual challenges that accompany disaster.  Care Ministry Teams (“Care Teams”) are faith-based, ongoing teams that provide spiritual and emotional care following disasters. Working closely with their conference disaster response committee, Care Teams help disaster survivors connect with the spiritual, emotional, and basic life resources within themselves and their communities.
202  Disaster Case Management
Disaster Case Management is a two-day, in-depth course that provides the unique understanding of the faith-based case management process in the context of disasters and provides training in case management skills for both case managers and supervisors. The course teaches members of the faith community how to identify and address unmet needs of all survivors, particularly people who were vulnerable before a disaster and how to provide a larger vision of recovery that includes emotional and spiritual, as well as physical care.
203  Children and Youth In Disaster
204  Long-Term Recovery
401  UMVIM Team Leader Training
402  Connecting Neighbors
403  Chainsaw Use and Safety – Advanced / Certification for ERT Team
404  Disaster Assesment
405  Stephens Minister Training
FEMA – Independent Study Courses – UPDATED LINKS COMING SOON
 IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System
ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
IS-240 Leadership & Influence
Being able to lead others – to motivate them to commit their energies and expertise to achieving the shared mission and goals of the emergency management system – is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your leadership and influence skills.
IS-241 Decision Making and Problem Solving
Being able to make decisions and solve problems effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your decision-making skills.
IS-242 Effective Communication
Being able to communicate effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your communication skills.
IS-244 Developing and Managing Volunteers
This course is for emergency managers and related professionals working with all types of volunteers and coordinating with voluntary agencies. The course provides procedures and tools for building and working with voluntary organizations.
IS-288 The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management
This independent study course provides a basic understanding of the history, roles, and services of disaster relief voluntary agencies in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management operations.
IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction
This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.