Citizens Preparing for Disasters
Disasters happen. Are you and your family prepared? The goal of Citizen Corps is to teach everyday people how to become better able to handle a disaster, and to encourage them to volunteer in their communities. It got its start from President George W. Bush in 2002 and is coordinated nationally by FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In Montgomery County, Citizen Corps is one of several programs that make up a comprehensive volunteer emergency response initiative. It is coordinated by the County Department of Public Safety, and specifically the Office of Emergency Management.
The Montgomery County Citizen Corps aims to have well-trained, informed, and prepared residents who can take care of themselves and others during times of crisis. This allows first responders to address the most critical needs. Volunteers are trained to assist in disaster response when called upon. They also focus on public preparedness education and activities. Citizen Corps volunteers actively participate in training outreach programs and social events, as well.
Volunteer Opportunities The Citizen Corps is always looking for dedicated volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us for more information.
Informational and Training Opportunities
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) - CERT focuses mainly on neighbors helping neighbors in those immediate moments following a disaster. It's especially critical during a large-scale event where first responders may be overwhelmed and not reach your neighborhood for a while. This 20+ hour class covers fire suppression, light search and rescue, medical triage, and how to interact with responders.
Upcoming CERT classes and/or information sessions: There are no CERT classes currently scheduled.
To Register for a CERT Class:
Send an email to Tim Elbertson that includes:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your email address
- Your phone number