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Citizens Corps & CERT

About Citizen Corps

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, President George W. Bush launched USA Freedom Corps, to capture the spirit of service that has emerged throughout our communities following the terrorist attacks.


Citizen Corps, a vital component of USA Freedom 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 (DHS).  In this capacity, DHS works closely with other federal entities, state and local governments, first responders and emergency managers, the volunteer community, and the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps.

Will County Citizen Corps

Will County formed a Citizen Corps in early 2004 and is a division of its Emergency Management Agency.  The goals of the Will County Citizen Corps echo that of the Emergency Management Agency. 


Particular emphasize is being placed on to promote and strengthen the Citizen Corps programs at the community level, such as CERT teams.  Additionally, we will provide training opportunities for individuals interested in the CERT program; and, develop targeted outreach for the community, including special needs groups.

Aurora CERT

Joseph Jones
1200 E. Indiana Trail Rd


Beecher CERT

Denis Tatgenhorst

625 Dixie Highway


Channahon CERT

Shane Casey
24555 S. Navajo Drive

Crete CERT

Marty Braccio

524 W. Exchange St.



If you would like to participate in a CERT class and do not see one listed near you, please contact our office to make arrangements.


Plainfield CERT

Mike Procaccio

14330 S. Coil Plus Drive


Romeoville CERT
Mike Littrell
1050 West Romeo Road


Shorewood CERT

Aaron Klima

One Town Center


Monee CERT
Dave "DJ" Kruzel
5130 W. Court St.


Minooka CERT

Ken Briley
121 E. McEvilly Road


Naperville CERT

Ed Danley

1380 Aurora Ave.



New Lenox CERT

Daniel Martin
200 Veterans Parkway


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