LERT Disaster Services

LCMS Central Illinois District - Lutheran Early Response Team

The Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteer training program is provided by the LCMS Office of National Mission. Together we will walk through a simple training program designed to help participants serve as a trained Christian volunteer when a disaster strikes. This training is part of a Synod-wide disaster response program, facilitated by a network of District Disaster Response Coordinators and Teams, under the direction of LCMS Disaster Response. At the close of the program, participants receive a certificate of participation and a LERT volunteer credential issued by LCMS Disaster Response. At the center of our LERT volunteer training is one thing— MERCY! Christ's mercy is the basis for everything we say and do.

To report a disaster in Central Illinois or to schedule disaster training, please contact Stephen Born.

LERT Training

Check back often as new events are added throughout the year.

Basic Training Events

St. John's Lutheran, East Moline (1450 30th Ave, East Moline, IL 61244)
Saturday, April 24 from 9am-3pm (Sign in begins at 8:30am)
Please sign-up by April 10th

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Click Here To Register Use Coarse Code 0082 

Please join us for the Lutheran Early Response Team volunteer training program. Together we will walk through a simple training program designed to help you serve as a trained Christian volunteer when a disaster strikes.  This training is part of a Synod-wide disaster response program, facilitated by a network of District Disaster Response Coordinators and Teams, under the direction of LCMS Disaster Response.  After the program, you will receive a completion card credential and a T-shirt.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Registrations must be received by April 10 to ensure a shirt at the time of the class photo.  Registrations received after that date will have shirts sent with the credential card.

In the chaos of disaster, it's important to stay focused on the task at hand.  This training will help you focus on the most important thing to remember as you prepare for or to respond to a disaster in your community or beyond.  At the center of our LERT Volunteer training is one thing:  MERCY!  Christ's mercy is the basis for everything we say and do.  This 6-hour training event will equip you to be an effective volunteer should a disaster strike your community.  After a brief introduction regarding the goals and theological rationale of LCM Disaster Response, the LERT volunteer training will address the following:  

  • Christian care in times of disaster
  • A Ministry of presence
  • The LERT Program and how it works with other responders
  • Introduction to Disaster Response
  • At the work site:  Debris clean up, tarp and patch, flood and mud clean up, chainsaw safety, and necessary paperwork.

Cost for the day is $35, which includes light breakfast, lunch, book/materials, t-shirt, and credential card.  If you are repeating the session we ask that you contribute $15 if you need a new book and t-shirt to help defray the costs.   Please register at least one week before the event, if at all possible. Walk-ins are welcome. Please pay with check made out to the host church. If you are already LERT certified, the event is considered continuing education (no charge). This training event will equip you to be an effective volunteer should a disaster strike in your community.

Advanced Chainsaw Training Events

None scheduled at this time.

Donations

Donations for LERT can be sent to the LCMS Central Illinois District, 1850 North Grand Ave. West,
Springfield, IL  62702. Please be sure to note on a check’s memo line that the donation is for LERT.

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