Puerto Rico Emergency Response Trip, March 17–24

Hurricane Maria, one of the most powerful hurricanes in history, devastated Puerto Rico. The island will need a long and challenging recovery, and we would like to start helping! The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR) has issued an invitation for teams to assist with recovery and rebuilding.

Adults (18 years and older) are invited to join an Early Response Team (ERT) Mission Trip, March 17–24, to assist with near-term damage mitigation. Our specific assignment will be made closer to the time of the trip; it will likely include tarping, emergency repairs, and related tasks. The MCPR has arranged for teams to stay at a retreat camp or a local church. Conditions will be somewhat rough—no electricity, no air conditioning, and no hot water, although drinking water and meals will be provided. Trip members will pay about $400 for participant costs such as meals and housing, plus $600–700 for air travel.

Participants must have current Early Response Team certification. If you would like to get certified (for this or future trips), an ERT training class is open on Saturday, February 24, in Los Altos. To register for the ERT class, visit the California-Nevada Conference site.

The Puerto Rico team will be led by Leslie Carmichael of Los Altos UMC and Steve Elliott of Asbury UMC (Livermore), both of whom are very experienced team leaders. For more information or to register for the trip, contact Leslie or Steve. Registration closes on Sunday, March 4.

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