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Quick Reference: Reviewing Emergency Volunteer Liability and Protections

posted on Thu, Nov 21 2013 10:16 am by Mid-States Region

Volunteers are an integral part of our emergency and disaster response system.  Granting emergency volunteers legal protections ensures there are enough volunteers willing to participate in emergency response efforts. A review of federal and state volunteer protection laws reveals how liability protection is often tied to the type of service the volunteer provides and the organization deploying the volunteer. This quick reference guide describes different types of emergency volunteers, explains why it is important to provide volunteers with legal protections, and identifies key laws that provide volunteers with legal protections.

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