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Citizen Corps

 

CITIZEN CORPS PARTNER PROGRAMS

After September 11, 2001, America witnessed a wellspring of selflessness and heroism.  People in every corner of the country asked, "What can I do?" and "How can I help?"  Citizen Corps was created to help all Americans answer these questions through public education and outreach, training and volunteer service. 

CERT logo The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.  Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community.  The program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  
Fire Corps Logo The Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates to enhance the capacity of resource-constrained fire and rescue departments at all levels: volunteer, combination and career.  Citizen advocates can assist local fire departments in a range of activities including fire safety outreach, youth programs and administrative support.  Fire Corps provides resources to assist fire and rescue departments in creating opportunities for citizen advocates and promotes citizen participation.  Fire Corps is funded through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is managed and implemented through a partnership between the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
 USA on Watch Logo USAonWatch - Neighborhood Watch works to provide information, training and resources to citizens and law enforcement agencies throughout the country.  In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Neighborhood Watch programs have expanded beyond their traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness.  USAonWatch-Neighborhood Watch is administered by the National Sheriffs' Association in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.  
 Medical Reserve Corps Logo The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need.  MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, care planning and other efforts.  The MRC program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Click here to find out more about the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps.
Volunteers in Police Service Logo Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) works to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.  VIPS serves as a gateway to resources and information for and about law enforcement volunteer programs.  Funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ), VIPS is managed and implemented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.