Schoolcraft County Citizen Corps Presentation

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Schoolcraft County Citizen Corps Presentation

  1. 1. What is Citizen Corps?Schoolcraft County Citizen Corpswww.schoolcraftcountycert.org
  2. 2. What is Citizen Corps?Citizen Corps is a United Statesnational service program underthe jurisdiction of theDepartment of HomelandSecurity that seeks to mobilizethe population of the countryagainst threats to nationalsecurity as well as to assist inthe recovery after a disaster orterrorist attack. 1-2
  3. 3. HistoryFollowing the tragic events that occurred on Sep. 11, 2001, state and local government officials increased opportunities for citizens to become an integral part of protecting the homeland and supporting local first responders.In Jan. 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 and to help answer two key questions being asked by citizens, “What can I do?” and “How can I help?”.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. 1-3
  4. 4. Why Involve Citizens? In 95% of all emergencies, bystanders or victims themselves are the first to provide emergency assistance or to perform a rescue. Source: Los Angeles Fire Dept 1-4
  5. 5. Why Citizen Corps?“The first responder on the street may not even be the police or fire; its the guy whos there when the accident occurs. The Citizen Corps, followed by the local first responders, followed then by the national officials can make a real difference in our community.” Robert Eckels, Harris County Judge U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs September 28, 2005 1-5
  6. 6. Citizen Corps MissionTo 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. 1-6
  7. 7. We all have a role inhometown security Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety. 1-7
  8. 8. Citizen Corps Partners Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) works to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. Neighborhood Watch/USAonWatch incorporates terrorism awareness education into its existing crime prevention mission. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates and trains citizens in basic disaster response skills. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program helps medical, public health, and other volunteers offer their expertise. Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates to provide support to fire and rescue departments. 1-8
  9. 9. Council Responsibilities• Promote and strengthen the Citizen Corps programs, partners and affiliates, at the community level• Provide opportunities for special skills and interests• Develop targeted outreach for the community, including special needs groups• Provide opportunities of training in first aid and emergency preparedness• Organize special projects and community events• Encourage cooperation and collaboration among community leaders• Capture smart practices and report accomplishments• Create opportunities for all residents to participate 1-9
  10. 10. Citizen Preparedness– Help to educate residents about important preparedness measures: • Developing a household disaster plan and disaster supply kits for the home, workplace, and vehicle • Learning about emergency plans for schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities • Understanding alerts, warnings, and local emergency services • Conducting drills • Observing home health and safety practices • Implementing property damage prevention measures • Participating in crime prevention and reporting.– Citizen Corps Councils conduct public education and outreach efforts to provide critical local guidance on these actions. 1-10
  11. 11. Trainings & Exercises– Provide training to improve citizen preparedness, prevention, and response capabilities: • First aid; cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and automated external defibrillators (AED) • Crime prevention and terrorism awareness • Learning about the Incident Command System • Skills included in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, such as fire safety, search and rescue procedures, and disaster medical operations– Councils also promote the importance of drills in the home, workplace, and school, and help coordinate citizen participation in community disaster response exercises. 1-11
  12. 12. Volunteer Services– Coordinate volunteer opportunities that support local emergency responders, disaster relief groups, and community safety organizations. • Everyone can do something to support local emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical services, and community public health efforts.– Councils also coordinate additional volunteer opportunities as appropriate for the community and for people with special skills and interests 1-12
  13. 13. Community Benefits • Greater sense of security, responsibility, and personal control • Builds community pride, unity and patriotism • Promotes risk reduction, mitigation, and preparedness practices • Prepares us all for helping others in a crisis 1-13
  14. 14. Emergency Responders • Year round support through volunteer programs • Reduces burden on first responder services by promoting mitigation and preparedness measures • Creates well trained, better informed, and better prepared citizens to take care of themselves and others during times of crisis -- allowing first responders to address the most critical needs 1-14
  15. 15. Schoolcraft County • Schoolcraft County Citizen Corps acts as the county’s Citizen Corps Council and operates two programs: – Community Emergency Response Team – Medical Reserve Corps 1-15
  16. 16. Schoolcraft County CERT An organization of volunteer emergency workers who have received specific training in basic disaster response skills, and who agree to supplement existing emergency responders in the event of a major disaster. 1-16
  17. 17. Schoolcraft County MRC A network of community- based units initiated and established by local organizations to meet the public health needs of their communities. 1-17
  18. 18. Schoolcraft Co. Activities • Community Events • Festivals • Outreach Programs • Emergency Preparedness • Training Programs • Health Fairs • Local Emergencies • Public Health Initiatives 1-18
  19. 19. Thank You For Your TimeSchoolcraft County Citizen Corp Council 500 Main Street Manistique, MI 49854 (906) 341-3232 www.schoolcraftcountycert.org 1-19

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