{"Emergency management volunteer":"An individual authorized to assist an emergency management agency during a hazard, disaster, or emergency."}
Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

ORC Ann. 5502.30(A)

Summary Title

Liability: Emergency Management Volunteers


An emergency management volunteer who, in good faith, complies with the law or other mandates and performs emergency management services in Ohio under some type of mutual aid agreement will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Immunity from liability

Full Text

(A) The state, any political subdivision, any municipal agency, any emergency management volunteer, another state, or an emergency management agency thereof or of the federal government or of another country or province or subdivision thereof performing emergency management services in this state pursuant to an arrangement, agreement, or compact for mutual aid and assistance, or any agency, member, agent, or representative of any of them, or any individual, partnership, corporation, association, trustee, or receiver, or any of the agents thereof, in good faith carrying out, complying with, or attempting to comply with any state or federal law or any arrangement, agreement, or compact for mutual aid and assistance, or any order issued by federal or state military authorities relating to emergency management, is not liable for any injury to or death of persons or damage to property as the result thereof during training periods, test periods, practice periods, or other emergency management operations, or false alerts, as well as during any hazard, actual or imminent, and subsequent to the same except in cases of willful misconduct. As used in this division, “emergency management volunteer” means only an individual who is authorized to assist any agency performing emergency management during a hazard.