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Mission Outreach

Disaster Relief

LCMS World Relief and Human Care responds to immediate and long-term needs following natural and man-made disasters, working through LCMS districts and congregations, international Lutheran churches and other partners.

Interested in learning more about helping with disaster response? Contact Dick Schellin


Lutheran Early Response Team

This ministry includes trained volunteers who respond to natural disasters in our community and beyond as well as serving our members in need of special assistance around their homes and more.

LCMS has a disaster response org that includes Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERTs). We have several folks who have received basic LERT training. A subset has also completed chainsaw training. Chainsaw training is required to be allowed to operate a chainsaw as part of that type disaster response. The training is also highly desired for anyone who will be near a chainsaw, such as when dragging the cuttings from the cutting site.

In L.E.R.T. training, we will address the nature of disasters and explore what our response should be to disasters as members of the LCMS. We will explore how Christ has shown mercy to us, and how we can show our community that same Christ-like mercy. The goal is to prepare you to be better prepared when a disaster strikes and to help you know how to respond within your congregations, and in word and deed, within the greater communities.

Each Participant in the Training will receive a certificate, LERT Credentials, a LERT manual and a LERT Vest.

Every LERT team should have members who have completed safety training. This training will address safety procedures and hazards to be aware of at a disaster sight. You must complete Basic LERT Training to take the safety course.

For more information about L.E.R.T., contact Dick Schellin 817-239-7855

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