The Public Entity Risk Institute, Fairfax, Va., a nonprofit risk management training and educational organization, said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $750,000 development grant for systems and guidance to minimizing liability risks when municipalities use volunteers.

PERI said this included research in the use of citizens and volunteers to support emergency responders.

PERI said the grant was awarded as part of the fiscal year 2006 Citizen Corps Support Program operated by the DHS' Preparedness Directorate.

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