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 Corp Programs which include Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), USAonWatch-Neighborhood Watch, and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS). Information about each program can be found by clicking on the link below.
Through Homeland Security Grant Program funds, the CAPCOG Region has funded a position to coordinate the Citizen Corps Programs located in the ten county Region as well as identify activities for citizen preparedness. Linda Haynie, City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is the Regional Citizen Corps Coordinator and can be reached at (512) 974-0471 or Linda.Haynie@ci.austin.tx.us. If you are interested in learning more or becoming involved in a local program, please contact Linda or one of the Citizen Corps programs listed on the link 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: