Emergency Management

Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps is the component of USA Freedom Corps that coordinates public education, training, and volunteer opportunities to engage all citizens in making their families, homes, and communities safer and better prepared to respond to threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) central mission is disaster mitigation, preparedness, and response, and the interface with state and local governments, the President asked FEMA to take the lead in coordinating Citizen Corps across the nation.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program develops and trains teams in neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools in basic disaster response skills, including fire suppression, urban search and rescue, and medical operations. Administered by FEMA, the CERT program provides an opportunity for citizens to take an active role in local emergency preparedness.