Citizen Corps Program

Background

Citizen Corps is the component of USA Freedom Corps that coordinates public education, training and volunteer opportunities to engage all citizens in making their families, homes and communities safer and better prepared to respond to threats of crime, terrorism and disasters of all kinds. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) central mission is disaster mitigation, preparedness and response, and the interface with state and local governments, the President asked FEMA to take the lead in coordinating Citizen Corps across the nation.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) has identified the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) portion of the Citizen Corps Program as a benefit to the State of Indiana, its communities and the well-being of all Hoosiers. As the State of Indiana's central coordinating office for emergency management across the state, IDHS was chosen as the State of Indiana's point of contact for CERT efforts.

The CERT program develops and trains teams in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools in basic disaster response skills, including fire suppression, urban search and rescue and medical operations. Administered by FEMA, the CERT program provides an opportunity for citizens to take an active role in local emergency preparedness.  For more information, visit FEMA's CERT program page

CERT Toolkit

This toolkit was designed by IDHS to assist county emergency management agencies in recruiting citizens and keeping trained CERT members active. It contains customizable public outreach materials such as posters, public service announcements and press releases.

Additional Programs

Currently, Indiana only administers the CERT program within the state. However, there are additional programs which individuals may be interested in learning about. For more information, visit FEMA's Citizen Corps page