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Each participant in the three-hour training receives official credentials, LERT manual, and LERT vest. If you have any questions about LERT training or how to launch a Disaster Response Outreach Ministry at your church contact Dianna Bonfield at LCC with questions or to book your LERT training. Call (866) 455-6466 or email LCC@LutheranChurchCharities.org.

In order to better manage volunteers and resources, FEMA is finalizing a guideline on credentialing volunteers for large-scale disasters. The federal guidelines indicate that volunteers responding to a disaster should be trained and certified. LCC is providing training for Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) throughout our district. Should a disaster strike these teams would be put on call and may be asked to deploy in 72 hours or less to the disaster site.

This training will prepare team member for credentialing and will focus on the safety, work, and ministry of Lutherans as Early Responders.

LERT trainings currently scheduled for 2014:

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Registration begins at 8:30 am;
class runs 9 am-Noon
       
Location: St. John Lutheran Church
505 S. Park Rd. LaGrange, IL 60525
       

Registration and a light breakfast, lunch, or dinner will start 30 minutes prior to class followed by the three-hour course. You can register online and the fee can be paid online with a credit card at time of registration, or at the event when you check-in, by cash, check or credit card.

Click here to register for LERT Training. For more information call Dianna Bonfield at 866-455-6466
Click here to download the LERT brochure or the bulletin insert to advertise LERT training at your church
Click here for Congregational Preparedness Training information and registration
Disaster Response Training
LCC Welcomes 50 New LERT Trained Volunteers at St John's Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Illinois Print E-mail
On Saturday, April 5, 2014 LCC welcomed 50 new Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteers. LCC Disaster Response staff member Roger Pollock led the training and was assisted by other LCC staff and volunteers. LCC has now trained over 1000 LERT volunteers that are ready to go and serve following a natural or man-made disaster similar to the work being done in Washington, Illinois following the November 2013 tornado. We thank St. John's Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Illinois for hosting this event. Click here to learn more about LCC Disaster Response LERT Trainings Click here to donate to the LCC Disaster Response Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 10:07
 
LCC President Tim Hetzner Talks about Disaster Response and LERT Training While Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort To Members of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Illinois Print E-mail
LERT Presentation by LCC at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Illinois On Sunday, February 16th, LCC President Tim Hetzner spoke at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Illinois about LCC Disaster Response and the Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) Training program. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Directors, Rich and Dona Martin, along with K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Olympia were also there for a meet and greet with the church members between services and during the LERT presentation. Click here to learn more about LERT Trainings. Click here to see pictures from St. Mark's Click here to donate to the LCC Disaster Response Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 14:43
 
LCC Certifies 125 New LERT Volunteers During Training at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois Print E-mail
LCC LERT Training at Immanuel Lutheran Church Belvidere Illinois On Saturday, February 15th, LCC staff member Rev. Roger Pollock led a Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) training and certified 125 new volunteer members. This was the largest group trained in a single training in the history of LCC's LERT program. Many of the attendees were from the hosting church, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois and the others were from surrounding cities and congregations. The large and growing LERT team at Immanuel plans to work with the church's Mortgage to Mission ministry and work in the community to rehab homes and bring the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ to those in need. To learn more about LCC's LERT program and how you can get involved in the training, click here to get more information on our website. Click here to donate to the LCC Disaster Response Fund
 
LCC Chainsaw Certified 22 New Volunteer Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) Members Print E-mail
LERT Disaster Response Training Chainsaw On Saturday, November 9th, 22 LERT volunteers were certified as chainsaw operators and drag crew assistants. Lutheran Church Charities now has 150 chainsaw crew members who can be some of the first volunteers to respond following a disaster. Each chainsaw operator will have a drag crew of two more members who will assist him or her by dragging brush to the curb and cleaning up debris. Participants in the class soon learned that chainsaws are heavy and cutting up trees is hard work. They learned to appreciate the value of a crew to assist them and to rotate with as the operator.

A special thank you to the members Lord of Life Lutheran Church in LaFox, Illinois for hosting the training and providing the tree for the chainsaw crew to practice on. A special thank you to LCC volunteer Ed Boerman, the chainsaw instructor, and his wife, Jan, who assisted with checking in the participants.

Click here to learn more about LCC's LERT Trainings and for a schedule of future trainings
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:31
 
LCC Offered Its First Advanced LERT - Red Cross First Aid and Preparedness Training Print E-mail
LERT Lutheran Church Charities On Saturday, June 8, Lutheran Church Charities staff Deaconess, Tiffany Manor, a Red Cross authorized instructor, provided over 45 LERT volunteers, K-9 handlers and church volunteers training in Red Cross First Aid and Preparedness including Citizen's CPR at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox IL. Those attending got hands-on experience and were grateful to learn the new standards in Red Cross training. To learn more about LERT Training Click Here
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 10:57
 
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