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Citizen Corps

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush launched the USA Freedom Corps initiative to inspire and enable all Americans to find ways to serve their community, their country, or the world.

Citizen Corps is a component of USA Freedom Corps that creates opportunities for individuals to volunteer to help their communities prepare for and respond to emergencies by bringing together local leaders, citizen volunteers and the network of first responder organizations, such as fire departments, police departments and emergency medical personnel.

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.

Citizen Corps works through a national network of state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils. These councils build on community strengths to implement Citizen Corps programs. Currently there are 52 state Citizen Corps Councils and 978 local Citizen Corps Councils serving over 110 million people.

Citizen Corps Councils encourage everyone to do something to help make families and communities safer by:

Local Citizen Corps Councils promote and strengthen Citizen Corps programs at the community level, such as Volunteers in Police Service programs, CERT teams, Medical Reserve Corps units, and Neighborhood Watch groups.

You can get involved in helping others be safer by participating in Citizen Corps in your area. Visit to find the nearest Citizen Corps Council, or contact your state Citizen Corps representative and work with local officials to get one started.

You can also contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross or Salvation Army to find out what training they offer in disaster preparedness and how you can volunteer your time to help organize public education on disaster safety and support your local Citizen Corps Council.