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IS-289: Voluntary Agency Liaison (VAL) Overview

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Course Overview

This course will familiarize participants with the role of the VAL and provide a basic understanding of the VAL responsibilities and their importance in coordinating with partners across the disaster spectrum in support of survivor needs. The course will also help cadres within FEMA, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial partners, non-profit organizations, and the private sector understand how to work with the VAL.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the Voluntary Agency Liaison (VAL).
  • Identify the VAL positions within government.
  • Outline the VAL relationships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • Define the VAL role in the four phases of emergency management.
  • Outline the VAL Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
  • Identify ways to connect and learn with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, recommended prerequisites are:

  • IS288.a: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management
  • IS244.b: Developing and Managing Volunteers
  • IS405: Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Overview
  • IS505: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster



Course Length:

2.5 hours
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  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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