Get Prepared. Get Trained. Get Involved.
Following the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001, state and local government officials have increased opportunities for citizens to become an integral part of protecting the homeland and supporting the local first responders. Officials agree that the formula for ensuring a more secure and safer homeland consists of preparedness, training, and citizen involvement in supporting first responders. In January 2002, the President of the United States launched Citizen Corps, to capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our communities following the terrorist attacks.
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. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.
Citizen Corps programs build on the successful efforts that are in place in many communities around the country to prevent crime and respond to emergencies. Programs that started through local innovation are the foundation for Citizen Corps and this national approach to citizen participation in community safety.
Citizen Corps is coordinated nationally by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. In this capacity, FEMA works closely with other federal entities, state and local governments, first responders and emergency managers, the volunteer community, and the Corporation for National & Community Service.
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 Council
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 preparedness programs and carry out a local strategy to involve their community.
The Woodford County Citizen Corps Council is composed by representatives from:
- American Red Cross
- Emergency Management
- Emergency Medical Service
- Fire Department
- Health Department
- Police Department
- Sheriff's Office
- Team Members
- The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community. Locally, the CERT program is managed by Woodford County Emergency Management. For more information, visit the Contact Us page.
- Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates to enhance the capacity of resource--constrained fire and rescue departments at all levels: volunteer, combination, and career. Citizen advocates can assist local fire departments in a range of activities including fire safety outreach, youth programs, and administrative support. Fire Corps also provides resources to assist fire and rescue departments in creating opportunities for citizen advocates. Locally, the Fire Corps program is managed by the Versailles Fire Department. For more information call 859-873-5829.
- The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health, and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need. MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, care planning, and other efforts. Locally, the MRC program is managed by the Woodford County Health Department. For more information call 859-873-4541.
- Neighborhood Watch/USAonWatch incorporates terrorism awareness education into its existing crime prevention mission, while serving as a way to bring residents together to focus on emergency preparedness and emergency response training. Locally, these programs are manged by the Woodford County Sheriff's Office. For more information call 859-873-3119.
- Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) works to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. VIPS serves as a gateway to resources and information for and about law enforcement volunteer programs. Locally, the VIPS program (also called Citizens Police Academy) is managed by the Versailles Police Department. For more information call 859-873-3126.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It does this through services that are consistent with its congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross.
Woodford County is served by the Franklin County Chapter and we encourage you to explore this unique organization for volunteer opportunities.
The Volunteer Center at United Way is committed to linking volunteer groups and individuals with opportunities to serve the community, empowering agencies to use volunteers effectively, advocating for volunteerism and increasing the number of volunteers involved in the community. It's easier than you think to volunteer. Share your time, energy and talents with your community.