U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Resource: Volunteer Agency Liaison (See Definition Below)
Category: Volunteers & Donations
Kind: Personnel
Minimum Capabilities (Component) Minimum Capabilities
(Metric)
Type I Type II Type III Type IV Other
Personnel Experience, Training, Knowledge

Experience in supervisory role as a VAL in 3 or more federally declared disaster situations in different States. Has extensive experience in working with NVOAD agencies and MOUs. Broad understanding and great flexibility in possible models of LTRC that could be used. Has TTT-Training and has trained donations management and volunteer coordination. Has complete working knowledge of IA & PA and VAL functions under FEMA/State agreement

Experience in supervisory role as a VAL in a federally declared disaster. Has worked with a State VOAD on organizing donation management on non-federally declared disaster. Has had training in donations management and volunteer coordination. Aware of IA and VAL functions under FEMA/State Agreement

Experience in working with a VAL in a federally declared disaster. Active in VOAD meetings. Has had training in donations management and volunteer coordination

Has had training in donations management and volunteer coordination. Has attended State VOAD meetings

 

Comments:

Serves as the central point between government entities and volunteer organizations in the coordination of information and activities of VOADs (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) responding in times of disaster, including those services in execution of ESF # 6 – Mass Care and ESF #15 – Volunteers and Donations. Coordinates responding voluntary agency donations efforts, including handling, storage, and disbursement of donated goods and emergent volunteers who offer assistance in a disaster response. Establishes and maintains systems for emergency need, special needs, and unmet needs referrals from FEMA/State sources to and among the voluntary agencies. Closely coordinates voluntary agency activities with community relations, donations management, PIO/JIC, and other VOLAG agencies. Assist with framework and assignment of agencies to establishing the long-term recovery committees (LTRC). Working with State VOAD’s leadership, establish frequent coordination meetings with VOAD agencies during the response phase of the disaster and continued scheduling of meetings to transition to the LTRC.



National Mutual Aid & Resource Management Initiative
Emergency Management