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This independent study course aims to provide a basic understanding of disaster relief voluntary agencies’ history, roles, and services in disaster assistance for both the general public and emergency management professionals.
The course seeks to increase awareness of voluntary agencies’ roles and responsibilities in emergency management, highlighting their crucial role in disaster mitigation, response, and recovery.
Upon completing the course, participants should be able to describe the strengths, history, and roles of voluntary agencies, understand their involvement in the emergency management cycle, explain the importance of collaboration and coordination, and identify entities fostering government/voluntary agency coordination.
The primary audience includes federal, state, and local emergency managers, members of voluntary agencies, and the general public involved in emergency management activities.
FEMA IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management Answer
|Which of the following services are not provided by the voluntary organizations?||Law Enforcement|
|Voluntary organizations only respond to federally declared disasters.||FALSE|
|The best time to identify organizations that provide specific services and to build relationships with their key personnel is:||During peacetime|
|Which factor does not impact financial contributions to voluntary organizations?||Ability of the community to quickly organize|
|Partners in collaboration include:||All of the above|
|The Mass Care Strategy was developed by:||All of the above|
|Services delivered by voluntary organizations have not changed over time.||FALSE|
|Voluntary organizations end their disaster programs at the same time government disaster assistance concludes.||FALSE|
|Funding for voluntary organizations continues to increase regardless of the economy.||TRUE|
|Voluntary organizations do not provide disaster relief services to:||Businesses|
|Emergency managers have the authority to direct voluntary organizational assets.||TRUE|
|Social media plays an important role in the way the emergency management community communicates to the public.||TRUE|
|During non-operational periods, VALS continues to build/maintain relationships and enhance collaboration.||All of the above|
|The National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee developed a resource titled:||Light Our Way|
|The Private Sector convenes all collaboration between the voluntary organizations and emergency managers.||FALSE|
|Donations arrive before a Federal disaster declaration.||TRUE|
|The Private Sector is a partner in collaboration.||TRUE|
|Other Federal Agencies participate in the collaboration.||TRUE|
|What are the “4 Cs”?||Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, Collaboration|
|Name a strength of voluntary organizations in emergency management.||All of the above|
|The Stafford Act specifically has several sections that reference the roles of voluntary organizations||TRUE|
|Collaboration in action does not include:||VOAD|
|Voluntary organizations traditionally provide:||Mass Care Services|
|Voluntary organizations operate under the same legal authorities as government agencies.||FALSE|
|What are the benefits of collaboration?||A and B|
|What does VOAD mean?||Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster|
|Construction estimating is a program offered by certain voluntary organizations.||TRUE|