Citizen Corps Now Operating under FEMA

Wednesday, 09 May 2007

April 1 marked a new phase for Citizen Corps. As part of the realignment of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Citizen Corps joined FEMA as part of the National Preparedness Directorate. This move places Citizen Corps within an organization whose focus is closely aligned with Citizen Corps’ mission of bringing community and government leaders together to involve community members in all-hazards emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. Through its five partner programs, including Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Volunteers in Police Service (VIPs), and USAonWatch/Neighborhood Watch, Citizen Corps provides opportunities for people to participate in each of the emergency responder disciplines in an effort to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.

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