[Abstracted from Article] The volunteer is the cornerstone of many responses to Crisis, Disasters, and Emergencies. These volunteers may be spontaneous responses by passer-bys or onlookers, even uninjured victims already at the scene of the event or volunteers who spontaneously responded from near by unaffected areas. Other volunteers that respond may be from public and private agencies or governmental entities that are organized to provide assistance during a disaster or emergency to meet essential human needs. Whatever the source, the actions of the volunteers will have an enormous effect on themselves and the crisis, disaster, or emergency they are involved in. The issues for crisis and emergency management are what statutory authority permits the harnessing the energies of these volunteers and what protections there are for the volunteer and the public and private agencies or governmental entities that utilize these energies.
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