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Spontaneous and Unaffiliated Volunteer Training Toolkit

The Spontaneous and Unaffiliated Volunteer (SUV) Training Toolkit is designed to provide the resources necessary to effectively plan for and safely operate a volunteer management system based on the Incident Command System (ICS). Volunteers are an essential part of emergency response and disaster recovery.  Large and small scale emergencies involve and attract volunteers of all types: affiliated and unaffiliated; deployed and self-deployed.  Research suggests  that the more uncoordinated an emergency response effort seems, the more volunteers will self-deploy, potentially becoming a disaster within a disaster by taking precious resources away from the emergency response. This project produced a self-directed training series for municipalities, emergency management directors, and others on how to prepare for and manage unaffiliated volunteers.