Emergency Operation Managers are generally granted protections under the Good Samaritan Law. The Good Samaritan Law states that if you do something that a prudent person in your situation would do, you are covered. Of course, this also means that you should not perform open heart surgery if you have insufficient training. Take medical certifications, for example: if you have training, such as in CPR, Advanced First Aid or even basic First Aid, or are an EMT and do something outside the lines of what you were taught and are certified to do, then you are not covered under the Good Samaritan Law. So long as one acts with foresight and has a clear understanding of their responsibilities, capabilities, and protections under the Good Samaritan Law, then the chances of a successful lawsuit against that person is slim.
The Voluntary Protection Act of 1997 also covers volunteers affiliated with nonprofit organizations and government entities. Furthermore, there are relevant state statutes that vary from state to state and detail additional protections and rights for disaster workers.
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