Stakeholders in Mississippi perceived that Extension could lead volunteer management and donations management after a natural disaster. In response, Mississippi State University Extension professionals developed a training on volunteer management and donations management to supplement the existing Incident Management System/Incident Command System (ICS) curriculum. The training includes education on connecting volunteer management and donations management to local emergency planning, managing volunteers, managing goods and monetary donations, operating within ICS, and developing relationships between volunteer organizations and partners. The training has been pilot tested in Mississippi with promising preliminary results. Extension professionals elsewhere may benefit from similar trainings.
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Downey, L. H., Buys, D., Fountain, B., Ball, T., Hilbun, A. H., & Threadgill, P. (2018). Assisting After Disaster: A Volunteer Management and Donations Management Training. The Journal of Extension, 56(3), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.03.10