Community and Citizen Preparedness
Citizen Corps is FEMA’s grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience. The goal is to have all citizens participate in making their communities safer, stronger, and better prepared for preventing and handling threats of terrorism, crime, and disasters of all kinds. The Citizen Corps Program benefits first responders by creating well trained, better informed, and better prepared citizens to take care of themselves and others during times of crisis - allowing first responders to address the most critical needs.
There are five different citizen corps programs which include Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), USAonWatch-Neighborhood Watch, and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS).
Through Homeland Security Grant Program funds, the CAPCOG Region has funded a position to coordinate the citizen corps programs located in the 10-county region and identify activities for citizen preparedness.
Residents interested in learning more or becoming more involved in a local program, contact a local citizen corps program listed below:
During a disaster, citizens must be prepared to survive on their own for at least three days. Be Ready for an emergency by making a disaster kit, creating a family plan, and staying informed. Information can be obtained from: