[27 Answers] FEMA IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management

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Course overview: This FEMA course was published on 2/12/2015 to provide a basic understanding of the history, roles, and services of disaster relief voluntary agencies in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management operations.

The overall goal of this Independent Study course is to increase awareness of the roles and responsibilities of voluntary agencies in emergency management. Voluntary agencies have helped meet the needs of individuals and communities affected by disasters since the 1800’s. Today, they serve a critical role in the emergency management field from helping communities prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters to providing immediate response and long-term recovery services. Without the support, dedication, and expertise of voluntary agencies, the government would be unable to address all the needs of disaster-affected communities.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the unique strengths that voluntary agencies bring to the emergency management community;
  • Identify important historical milestones in the development of voluntary agencies in the U.S.;
  • Describe briefly the history of each National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) member agency;
  • Identify the roles and services that voluntary agencies provide throughout each phase of the emergency management cycle (i.e., mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery);
  • Explain the importance of collaboration and coordination among voluntary agencies and between voluntary agencies and their emergency management partners; and
  • Describe the entities (e.g., National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster, the Donations Coordination Team) that foster government/voluntary agency coordination throughout the emergency management cycle.

Primary Audience: Individuals who complete this Independent Study course should be Federal, State, and local emergency managers, members of voluntary agencies, and the general public who are involved in emergency management activities and require an understanding of the roles of voluntary agencies throughout the disaster cycle.

FEMA IS-288.A Questions

Question 1. Which of the following services are not provided by the voluntary organizations? (Answer)
A. Organizational Mentoring and Training
B. Law Enforcement
C. Financial Planning
D. Mitigation Planning
E. Funeral Services

Question 2.  Voluntary organizations only respond to federally declared disasters. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 3. The best time to identify organizations that provide specific services and to build relationships with their key personnel is: (Answer)
A. By accident
B. When a disaster is imminent
C. Immediately after a disaster
D. During disaster recovery
E. During peacetime

Question 4. Which factor does not impact financial contributions to voluntary organizations? (Answer)
A. Personal desire to donate
B. Ability of the community to quickly organize
C. Perceived needs of the affected populations
D. Amount of media coverage
E. Number of disaster events in a specific timeframe

Question 5. Partners in collaboration include: (Answer)
A. Private Sector
B. Faith-Based Organizations
C. Community-Based Organizations
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

Question 6. The Mass Care Strategy was developed by: (Answer)
A. American Red Cross
B. FEMA
C. National VOAD
D. National Mass Care Council
E. All of the above

Question 7. Services delivered by voluntary organizations have not changed over time. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 8.  Voluntary organizations end their disaster programs at the same time government disaster assistance concludes. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 9. Funding for voluntary organizations continues to increase regardless of the economy. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 10. Voluntary organizations do not provide disaster relief services to: (Answer)
A. Businesses
B. First Responders
C. Individuals
D. Undocumented Workers
E. Pets

Question 11. Emergency managers have the authority to direct voluntary organizational assets (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 12. Social media plays an important role in the way the emergency management community communicates to the public. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 13. During non-operational periods, VALS continues to build/maintain relationships and enhance collaboration. (Answer)
A. Build relationships
B. Maintain relationships
C. Enhance collaboration
D. Foster a strong rapport between voluntary organizations, Federal agencies, and emergency managers
E. All of the above

Question 14. The National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee developed a resource titled: (Answer)
A. The Sun Also Rises
B. Critical Incident Management for the Soul
C. Out of the Darkness
D. God in the Ruins
E. Light Our Way

Question 15. The Private Sector convenes all collaboration between the voluntary organizations and emergency managers (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 16. Donations arrive before a Federal disaster declaration. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 17. The Private Sector is a partner in collaboration. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 18. Other Federal Agencies participate in the collaboration. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 19. What are the “4 Cs”? (Answer)
A. Cooperation, Community, Coordination, Collaboration
B. Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, Congeniality
C. Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, Collaboration
D. Consideration, Communication, Coordination, Collaboration
E. Cooperation, Communication, Confusion, Collaboration

Question 20. Name a strength of voluntary organizations in emergency management (Answer)
A. Arrive First, Leave Last
B. Trusted by the Public
C. Capacity Building
D. Service Capabilities
E. All of the above

Question 21. The Stafford Act specifically has several sections that reference the roles of voluntary organizations (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 22. Collaboration in action does not include: (Answer)
A. VOAD
B. DCTs
C. LTRGs
D. CAN
E. XYZs

Question 23. Voluntary organizations traditionally provide: (Answer)
A. Termite Treatment
B. Search and Rescue
C. Mass Care Services
D. Business Grants
E. Furniture Repair

Question 24. Voluntary organizations operate under the same legal authorities as government agencies. (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

Question 25. What are the benefits of collaboration? (Answer)
A. Improved Service Delivery
B. Improved Relationships
C. Increased Fragmentation of Services
D. Service to Selected Populations
E. A and B

Question 26. What does VOAD mean? (Answer)
A. Volunteers Of American Disasters
B. Voluntary Associations in Disaster
C. Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disaster
D. Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
E. Voluntary Organizations Active in Drama

Question 27. Construction estimating is a program offered by certain voluntary organizations (Answer)
A. TRUE
B. FALSE

IS-288.A: Answer Key

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1. B11. A21. A
2. B12. A22. A
3. E13. E23. C
4. B14. E24. B
5. D15. B25. E
6. E16. A26. D
7. B17. A27. A
8. B18. A
9. A19. C
10. A20. E
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