Training Courses

G489 Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disasters

The purpose of this course is to introduce the skills and planning considerations that are required to manage large numbers of people who are not affiliated with an experienced relief organization, but who want to help in disasters. These “spontaneous volunteers” are generally well motivated and sincerely want to help, but if their efforts and resources are not coordinated effectively, their presence may be counterproductive and an added strain on the disaster area.

Course Length: 8 hours

Course Manager:

Course Timeline: The course is one day in length.

Prerequisite: Completion of G288, Local Volunteer and Donations Management, prior to taking this course is recommended.

Target Audience/Discipline: This course has been developed for emergency managers and voluntary organizations responsible for the management of spontaneous volunteers.

Scheduled Classes: There are no scheduled dates for this course.

Please note: Applications for courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date.

If you want to learn more about the Training Program or are interested in attending a specific course, please contact your IEMA Regional Coordinator or Nancy Buck. Registration should be made in advance to attend any IEMA sponsored class. Walk-in registrations are only accepted if room space and course materials are available. To register for IEMA classes, please see the IEMA Online Registration and Tracking Program Page.



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