Disaster Corps is a first-in-the-nation effort to harness the power and passion
of Californians to ensure our communities are safer, stronger and more
resilient. California Volunteers developed the Disaster Corps program and the
Disaster Volunteer Network to integrate volunteer resources into the state's
emergency management system.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
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. The program is administered by Department of Homeland
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The MRC 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. The MRC program provides
volunteers with training in the Incident Command System 100 and 700 courses
augmented with field exercises.
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) - 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. Funded by DOJ, VIPS is managed and implemented
by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Citizen advocates can
assist local fire departments in a range of activities including fire safety
outreach, youth programs, and administrative support. Fire Corps provides
resources to assist fire and rescue departments in creating opportunities for
citizen advocates and promotes citizen participation. Fire Corps is funded
through DHS and is managed and implemented through a partnership between the
National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Fighters,
and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Neighborhood Watch works to provide information, training and resources to
citizens and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. In the aftermath
of September 11, 2001, Neighborhood Watch programs have expanded beyond their
traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster
preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness. USAonWatch
Neighborhood Watch is administered by the National Sheriffs’ Association in
partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of
Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates to enhance the capacity of
resource-constrained fire and rescue departments at all levels.