Main Content


As part of its effort to support growth and sustainability of Citizen Corps Councils and CERT programs across the United States, FEMA has developed a series of resource guides. Each one addresses topics important to developing and sustaining a well-trained volunteer program focused on increasing individual and community preparedness. Click on the links below to learn more:

Citizen Corps: A Guide for Local Officials - Explains the primary objectives of a local Citizen Corps Council are and show how a Citizen Corps Council can benefit the whole community by bringing together all stakeholders to increase individual and community participation in preparedness:  Guide for Local Officials (28-page PDF, 377 Kb)

The Citizen Corps Volunteer Liability Guide - Provides an overview of liability concerns and suggests approaches to address these concerns:  Volunteer Liability Guide (100-page PDF, 1.6 Mb)