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Training: IS-244 Developing and Managing Volunteers

  • 02/15/2011
  • 8:00 AM
  • 02/16/2011
  • 4:00 PM
  • The Security Institute, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City

The use of volunteers has proven critical to emergency management. Both individual volunteers and established volunteer groups offer a wealth of skills and resources that can be used prior to, during and after an emergency. Mobilizing the private sector can add significantly to emergency management programs.

Volunteers can impact - for better or worse - the ability of response agencies to do their jobs and can make a difference in how quickly the community is able to respond to and recover from a disaster.

The course offers training in identifying volunteer resources and recruiting, assigning, training, supervising, evaluating, and motivating volunteers. The course also focuses on coordinating with voluntary agencies (VOLAGs), Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), community-based organizations (CBOs), such as church groups or food banks, professional groups, such as physicians and mental heath counselors, and business and industry. It also addresses special issues such as spontaneous volunteers, stress management for volunteers, and legal issues, such as workers' compensation, insurance, safety and risk management and liability.

Course Objectives:

  • Benefits and challenges of using volunteers
  • Building a volunteer program
  • Writing job descriptions
  • Developing volunteers through recruitment, placement, training, supervision and evaluation
  • Coordinating with voluntary agencies and community-based organizations
  • Special issues including spontaneous volunteers, liability and stress.


  • Emergency Management agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Health care
  • Fire & EMS
  • Private sector
  • Voluntary agencies and community-based organizations



Registration is limited to the first 35 people, but a waiting list will be kept in case of cancellations.  

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