Mississippi Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps is a nationwide grass roots movement to actively involve everyone in America in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger, and better prepared for emergencies of all kinds. We all have a role in hometown security and Citizen Corps provides local opportunities for everyone to prepare, train, and volunteer.

Put simply, Citizens Corps is a means through which volunteers can become trained and educated so that they can help their neighbors during times of crisis as well as keep themselves safe.

Remember that volunteers will be turned away if they are not trained, as was seen during the Hurricane Katrina response and recovery.
Citizen Corps was launched in 2002 as part of Pres. Bush's USA Freedom Corps initiative and is coordinated nationally by the Department of Homeland Security

In 95 percent of all emergencies, the victim or a bystander provides the first, immediate assistance at the scene. We all need to get training in emergency prevention, preparedness, and response and maintain these skills to help others in a critical situation. Citizen Corps training includes: first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use an automatic external defibrillator, fire safety, search and rescue procedures, Community Emergency Response Teams, and crime prevention and terrorism awareness training.

The Citizen Corps Program is comprised of five different but equally important programs:

  1. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  2. Neighborhood Watch
  3. Volunteers in Police Service
  4. Fire Corps
  5. Medical Reserve Corps

“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 is accomplished through a national network of state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils. These Councils build on community strengths to implement the Citizen Corps programs and will carry out a local strategy to have every American participate.