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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM)

 

Volunteering

The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management works closely with several area volunteer groups through the DuPage County Citizen Corps Council, including coordinating the DuPage County Medical Reserve Corps.  

Citizen Corps Council

Citizen Corps Councils help harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

Find a local Citizen Corps Council near you via http://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/searchCouncil.do?submitByZip

Programs

Volunteer Programs
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Citizen Corps
We all have a role in hometown security. Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety. Visit  http://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/searchCouncil.do?submitByZip to find a Citizen Corps Council in your area.  

MRC

DuPage County Medical Reserve Corps
The mission of the DuPage County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to pre-identify, train, credential, and support dedicated medical and non-medical professional volunteers for an all-hazards emergency preparedness, response, and recovery in DuPage County.

CERT

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective. To find a CERT program near you, visit  https://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/searchCert.do?submitByZip

VIPS

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program is a Citizen Corps program. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) manages and implements the VIPS Program in partnership with and on behalf of the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. The program's goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. The Volunteers in Police Service website is the foundation of this national initiative to help state and local law enforcement agencies. The Web site serves as a gateway to information for law enforcement agencies and citizens interested in law enforcement volunteer programs.

National Neighborhood Watch

National Neighborhood Watch
The National Neighborhood Watch Program (formerly USAonWatch) is the portal for training to assist law enforcement agencies, and their communities, technical assistance, resource documents, watch stories, networking and assistance to the field. It empowers citizens in our communities with the opportunity to volunteer to work toward the safety of our homeland. 

 

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

In addition to the above mentioned programs, there are many types of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) organizations for you to find a meaningful way to serve. Check out the National Organization Members list of community-based, faith-based and other types of non-profit groups in your community that have active disaster programs and need volunteers.