If you are registered with ESAR-VHP and you choose to participate in an emergency response, you are expected to serve to the best of your ability. If you choose to decline a volunteer opportunity, however, you are not obligated to provide a reason why you are unable to respond. Nor will you be adversely impacted if you choose to decline. Volunteering is just that—volunteering. You are free to opt in or out if you are asked to serve.
Liability protections will vary by state. The state may protect health volunteers participating in ESAR-VHP from exposure to civil liability due to allegations of malpractice or other medical negligence by identifying and establishing proper legal protections. Legal protections from civil liability can arise through state laws and regulation. You can visit your state ESAR-VHP program Web site or call your state program coordinator for more information.
If you are injured while responding to an emergency, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. Since workers' compensation eligibility is controlled by state law, you should consult your state program coordinator to discuss the coverage available to you.