Citizen corps opportunities
Community Emergency Response Teams
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) help their neighborhoods and communities immediately after disasters. CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, team organization, disaster medical operations and some light search and rescue operations. CERT members support emergency response agencies in their areas by taking active roles in emergency preparedness projects, including publicizing preparedness at local special events.
The Fire Corps encourages citizen advocates to support local fire departments at all levels and to assist local fire departments in activities including fire safety outreach, youth programs and administrative support. Fire Corps involves a partnership among the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps includes medical and public health personnel, and other volunteers. They assist during local emergencies and support other community needs. MRC volunteers coordinate with existing emergency response programs, helping with community public health initiatives, outreach, Prevention, immunization, blood drives, care planning and other initiatives.
USAonWatch / Neighborhood Watch
This program supports citizens and law enforcement agencies in crime prevention, disaster preparedness and emergency response. It provides Information, training and resources. Supporting agencies include the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Sheriffs’ Association.
Volunteers In Police Service
This organization helps state and local law enforcement agencies make good use of interested volunteers. Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is the gateway to resources and information regarding law enforcement volunteer programs and is managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.