Deciding to become an Emergency Worker
The ICC Volunteer and Emergency Worker Overview document, available from the Navigation section of this page, describes how the ICC and partner programs work together. In summary, as with all our disaster preparedness programs we start with the most important people - you and your family. From there we can expand into your immediate neighborhood and see how the Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program helps you develop a short term plan to address immediate needs of your unique neighborhood. Once you, your family and your neighborhood are taken care of, you may wish to help the community at the city level. This might start by buddying up with other CERTs (because you always work as a team) and performing a Rapid Impact Survey (RIS). When you're helping the city as a volunteer, we want you to have the maximum level of liability protection and support of the Incident Command System (ICS), so encourage you to sign up to become an Emergency Worker.
Your obligations as an Emergency Worker:
As an emergency worker you are still 100% volunteer. There is no obligation to participate in any specific event. However, you are expected to participate in at least one event each year, such as a training exercise, drill, seminar or deployment.
How to sign up as an Emergency Worker:
You will need to take two FEMA on-line classes and pass the on-line exams. These classes are availble to the public at no cost. The two classes are:
IS-100.b - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100 - available on-line at http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is100b.asp
IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction - available at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is700.asp
There are also a couple of forms to fill out - the City of Issaquah Volunteer Agreement and the Issaquah Citizens Corps Application. These include your application for a Washington State Patrol background check. Forms are available by contacting Brenda Bramwell at email@example.com