Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 caused many Americans to wonder how they can help prepare their communities.
Through Citizen Corps, individuals can learn about opportunities to get involved and help build capacity for first responders. With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities. Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free.
- Get CERT trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
- Find veteran volunteer opportunities through Veterans Active in Citizens Corps.
- Get trained in CPR and basic first aid and volunteer to help mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.
- Get trained and volunteer with Medical Reserve Corps to provide support during a public health emergency.
- Support community safety and security by getting trained and involved in Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service.
- Find a volunteer opportunity with a Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
- Volunteer to support local fire departments through Fire Corps.
- Civil Air Patrol recruits volunteers through local squadrons that support aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. This air auxiliary has been supporting missions since the 1940’s.
- American Radio Relay League supports the advancement of Amateur Radio Service and trains individuals interested in learning the skill of operating ham radios.
- Meals on Wheels Association of America and the MOWAA volunteers provide meals and essential disaster preparedness information to over one million seniors in the U.S. each day.