A note from Rev. Hollie Tapley, Disaster Response Coordinator
for the Great Plains United Methodist Conference
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Great Plains and UMCOR Disaster Response Academy
August 19-21, 2020
Purpose: Disaster Response is a way to transform the world for Jesus Christ! Central to the goal of this academy is our desire to grow and enhance the ministry of disaster response to transform our communities, state, nation, and world for Jesus Christ.
Goal: To enhance disaster response ministries in the Great Plains Conference. Participants will dive deep into the areas that frame all disaster ministries while affirming and empowering how our conference prepares for, responds to, and recovers from disasters.
Who: The academy is for anyone - clergy and laity! It is for those already involved in our disaster response ministry and for those who are ready to live out their Biblical calling to serve. It is for Long Term Recovery Groups who are established or wish to establish one. It is for Emergency Managers to learn how we rock and roll.
- Local Church - introduces disaster readiness and response as a mission of your church. Churches will be given the opportunity to explore their capacity for various disaster response ministries and how to engage with community partners, as they participate in the Connecting Neighbors Training.
- Early Response Teams - current, active, badged ERT's will dive deeper into 200 Level Trainings consisting of: Disaster Site Evaluation, Disaster Site Management, Clean Homes after Flooding, and How to be a Team Leader.
- Long Term Recovery - LTRG's and EM's: learn how to transition from relief phase to recovery phase. What must be in place for recovery to happen? Functions of Disaster Case Management, Construction Manager, Volunteer Manager and their relationship to the LTRG.
- Everyone Attending - will take part in the Foundations for Disaster Ministry session and the session on the Ministry of Caring.
- Emergency Managers - a session introducing what the Great Plains Disaster Ministry is all about and how we are here for you!
I am extremely excited that this opportunity is going to happen in our conference. Watch for more details as plans develop.
Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
Great Plains United Methodist Conference
1207 SW Executive Drive
Topeka, KS 66615