Citizens Corps & CERT
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.
About 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.
Will County Citizen Corps
1200 E. Indiana Trail Rd
625 Dixie Highway
24555 S. Navajo Drive
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.
14330 S. Coil Plus Drive
1050 West Romeo Road
One Town Center
121 E. McEvilly Road
1380 Aurora Ave.
200 Veterans Parkway