ERT teams needed in the Clay area beginning Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012


Below is a message from North Alabama Conference Director of Mission and Advocacy Rev. Matt Lacey.

We have spoken with the EMA in the Clay area, which was heavily affected by Monday morning's storms, and as of Tuesday, January 24 at 8 a.m., they will be ready to receive Early Response Teams (ERT) from within the North Alabama Conference that fit the following criteria:

  • Team leader must have ERT badge current in the last three years.
  • Team members must have had ERT training at some point.
  • All individuals must be disaster response sensitive and flexible.

Churches are encouraged to go ahead and have teams assembled and ready to tarp roofs and complete debris removal.

Team members must by 19 years of age and older. The EMA in the area will supervise volunteers and dispatch them. As always, teams are encouraged to maintain flexibility as disaster situations can change quickly.

Teams are to meet Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012,  at 8 a.m. at Clay United Methodist Church at 6790 Old Springville Road, Pinson, AL 35216. Teams are encouraged to wear your green Disaster Response t-shirts or a shirt from your local United Methodist church.

At this time we are only calling for in-Conference ERT teams. After completion of work, team leaders please email Rev. Jonathan Todd, Central District Disaster Coordinator, at with the number of hours worked and number of properties each team assisted.

If you have any questions concerning ERT work, please contact Rev. Matt Lacey at


1. Will Willimon wrote on 1/24/2012 6:29:21 PM
I'm so proud of Matt,John, and Jonathan. The morning after these storms hit, these leaders got our churches mobilized and organized our response. One of the great achievements of North Alabama Conference is our effective, continuing Disaster Response teams. We are organized, equipped, and ready to go when called upon to help our neighbors in need! Will Willimon
2. Amelia Sims wrote on 1/26/2012 10:39:13 AM
One of our church members from Faith UMC here in Clay said they were proud to see those bright green shirts with the cross and flame as one of the very first responders in our neighborhoods. Thanks to all our wonderful ERT folks!
3. Julia Murray wrote on 1/26/2012 11:03:24 AM
Know that those affected are in the hearts and prayers of the N. Georgia conference. Our team from Roswell UMC (metro-Atlanta) is poised to help if you need us!