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People wearing green hard-hats and green-vest saying "CERT", volunteers for a CERT Team, working to clean up

Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 caused many Americans to wonder how they can help prepare their communities.

Through Citizen Corps, individuals can learn about opportunities to get involved and help build capacity for first responders. With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities. Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

  • Get CERT trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Veterans Active in Citizens Corps

American Red Cross

  • Get trained in CPR and basic first aid and volunteer to help mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.

Medical Reserve Corps

  • Get trained and volunteer with Medical Reserve Corps to provide support during a public health emergency.

Neighborhood Watch & Volunteers in Police Service

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

Fire Corps

  • Volunteer to support local fire departments through Fire Corps.

Civil Air Patrol

  • Civil Air Patrol recruits volunteers through local squadrons that support aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.  This air auxiliary has been supporting missions since the 1940’s.

American Radio Relay League

  • American Radio Relay League supports the advancement of Amateur Radio Service and trains individuals interested in learning the skill of operating ham radios.

Meals on Wheels Association of America

For more information on any of the above programs see Citizen Corps' Partner Programs and Affiliate Programs.