The Chatham County Citizen Corps asks you to help your family and your community be safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any kind of disaster. Through the Citizen Corps initiative, the Chatham Emergency Management Agency and your local Citizen Corps Council promote a range of measures for you to make your family, your home, and your community safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.
The Citizen Corps Office
of Community Preparedness (CCOCP)
The mission of Citizen Corps is to 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 Citizen Corps mission will be accomplished
through a national network of state, local, and tribal
Citizen Corps Councils,
which will tailor activities to the community and build on community
strengths to develop and implement a local strategy to have every American
Personal responsibility: Developing a household preparedness plan and disaster supplies kits, observing home health and safety practices, implementing disaster mitigation measures, and participating in crime prevention and reporting.
Training: Taking classes in emergency preparedness, response capabilities, first aid, CPR, fire suppression, and search and rescue procedures.
Volunteer service: Engaging individuals in volunteer activities that support first responders, disaster relief groups, and community safety organizations. Everyone can do something to support local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, community public health efforts, and the four stages of emergency management: prevention, mitigation, response and recovery efforts.
Local Citizen Corps Councils will also promote and
strengthen the Citizen Corps programs at the community level, such as
Volunteers in Police Service programs, CERT teams,
Medical Reserve Corps units, and
Neighborhood Watch groups; provide opportunities for special
skills and interests; develop targeted outreach for special needs groups;
organize special projects and community events; encourage cooperation and
collaboration among community leaders; and capture smart practices and