The State of Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) Reservist/Volunteer Program is designed to utilize citizens who want to volunteer their time to support the citizens of Idaho during State disasters and emergencies. The Idaho Emergency Operations Center (IDEOC) has positions that are necessary for operations during level 2 and level 1 disasters. Reservists/Volunteers will be trained prior to an incident and then fill positions in the IDEOC during a disaster activation.
This page is utilized by those volunteers, both individual and organizational, whose activities take place within an IOEM Building located on Gowen Field, ID. If you are a volunteer for an organization whose activities do not take place inside an IOEM building located on Gowen Field, ID the IOEM Reservist Registration Process is not necessary.
Qualifications and Requirements
It is required that Reservists have basic computer skills prior to orientation. All Reservists and staff need to have basic skills in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Outlook. Reservists must be able to handle high stress, long hours and be available with short notice. The type of work associated with the Reservist positions is office oriented with long periods of sitting. Training and exercises occur during regular work day hours. It is required that Reservists have a flexible schedule to attend training.
All Reservists and staff are required to take various online training. This training is offered at no cost to the individual. Most classes take between 3-6 hours to take and are broken into shorter segments of approximately 15-45 minutes each. All positions must take the classes listed below. Training specific to each position can be found in the position descriptions below.
Online classes can be found at FEMA Training.
- IS-100 Basic Incident Command
- IS-700 National Incident Management System
- IS-800 National Response Framework
- IS-2200 Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions
If you are interested in participating in the Idaho Emergency Operations Center Reservist Program you will need to take the online IDEOC Reservist Orientation and then fill out the Reservist Application.
Please submit this form to:
IDEOC Program Coordinator
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
4040 W Guard St, Bldg 600
Boise, ID 83705
Once you have filled out the Reservist Application and completed the Reservist Orientation, you will be contacted and scheduled to attend an IDEOC 101 course which are held quarterly. Reservists must be able to clear a background check.
If you choose not to provide the data necessary for the background check, you will be unable to participate in the reservist program.
The Idaho Emergency Operations Center (IDEOC) organization is based upon a modified Incident Command System (ICS). The Command and General Staff are staffed the same as an ICS Incident Management Team. There are some modifications to the units under each of the general staff positions to accommodate the needs of the Emergency Operations Center functions.
The Plans Section is responsible for the collection, evaluation and dissemination of information about the incident. The Plans Section looks at the local situation as reported and creates a statewide situational report and maps, and assembles the Incident Action Plan; then distributes these reports. This section provides information on future possibilities, provides documentation and messaging for the IDEOC. The Units/Positions within the IDEOC Plans Section are:
The Logistics Section is responsible for providing all support needs to the incident. The logistics section would mission assign state agencies to support local needs or create a project agreement with the county so they can contract for the resources needed. It provides facilities, transportation, supplies, equipment maintenance and feeding.
The Units/Positions within the IDEOC Logistics Section are:
- Logistics Section Chief
- Mission Unit
- Resource Specialist
- EMAC Coordinator
- IT Specialist
- WebEOC Specialist
- Communication Lead
- Communication Technician
The Finance Section is responsible for all financial records. They procure resources, track personnel, keep and reconcile timesheets, document costs, handle claims and maintain the overall budget.
- Finance Section Chief
- Cost Specialist
- Time Specialist
- Personnel Specialist
Operations Section coordinates with the state agencies, county personnel, federal personnel and private sector. They support the state agencies that are deployed in the field.
- Operations Section Chief
- Deputy Operations Section Chief