Volunteering - Citizen Corps
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.
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.
The DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) works with several area volunteer groups through the DuPage County Citizen Corps Council. Find a local Citizen Corps Council near you via
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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
https://community.fema.gov/Register/Register_Search_Programs to find a Citizen Corps Council in your area.
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
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
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.
Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of local groups of volunteers engaging local communities to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerabilities, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
In addition to the above mentioned programs, there are many types of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) 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.