Does Voluntary Organizations’ Preparedness Matter in Enhancing Emergency Management of County Governments?

  • Jung Wook Kim University of North Texas
  • Kyujin Jung Tennessee State University Department of Public Administration, College of Public Service and Urban Affairs
Keywords: voluntary organization, disaster prearedness, emergency management, county management


While voluntary organizations have played a critical role in preparing for and responding to disasters, few have intentionally examined the preparedness of voluntary organizations, which are fundamentally required to enhance local emergency management. The purpose of this research is to examine the relationship between the preparedness of voluntary organizations and their effectiveness on local emergency management. By using a survey data collected among county governments in the United States, this research tests the effect of voluntary organizations’ preparedness on local emergency management. The results show that the voluntary organizations' preparedness behaviors such as their participation in local emergency planning as well as training, education, and resources for local emergency management positively affect their effectiveness on local emergency management. The findings imply that systemic volunteer management can build more effective emergency management systems through cohesive and comprehensive collaboration between public and voluntary organizations.

Author Biographies

Jung Wook Kim, University of North Texas
Ph.D. Candidate Department of Public Administration College of Public Affairs and Community Services
Kyujin Jung, Tennessee State University Department of Public Administration, College of Public Service and Urban Affairs
Assistant Professor Department of Public Administration College of Public Service and Urban Affairs


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