Private Sector Technology Volunteers Supporting Disaster Response

Technology is integral to nearly every aspect of modern life in the United States. FEMA is conducting a pilot project to incorporate voluntary technology resources as part of the disaster response team.

Goals:

  • Tech Corps will help to develop a national network of skilled, trained technology volunteers who can assist with critical technology gaps during community response and recovery efforts following a federally declared disaster.
  • On the federal side, the team will include two Tech Corps Liaisons on the national Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT). These individuals will be responsible for developing networks of technology volunteers from recognized organizations, and facilitating collaborative solutions to common issues like adopting a common baseline for training and certification.
  • Working with state, local, tribal, or territorial emergency managers and technology partners in the private sector, the Tech Corps liaisons will help to identify and define critical gaps and then help coordinate and connect volunteer technology resources.

Help us shape the program by providing your feedback on the following topics:

  • Appropriate roles and responsibilities of volunteer technology teams in response.
  • Training requirements (For example, there are some basic emergency management training courses that Tech Corps members will be expected to complete. Some of the courses include those listed below.)

Emergency Management overview (basics and policy):

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White House and Capital protection against drones

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Intergrate #VOST into FEMA Tech Corps

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