FEMA IS-288.A Answers

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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 organizationsTRUE
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


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