FEMA announces new citizen corps publication for leaders of first responder organizations

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Citation

(2004), "FEMA announces new citizen corps publication for leaders of first responder organizations", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 13 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/dpm.2004.07313cab.006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


FEMA announces new citizen corps publication for leaders of first responder organizations

FEMA announces new citizen corps publication for leaders of first responder organizations

FEMA has announced another new US Fire Ad-ministration (USFA) publication specifically designed for community leaders, volunteers, and first responder organizations. The Citizen Corps Opportunities for America’s First Responders brochure provides a sampling of activities that citizen advocates and volunteers could undertake to assist local fire, EMS, and emergency services departments. The brochure is the result of a joint effort among federal, state, local, and private fire-service personnel, including FEMA and USFA staff. Also included are brief overviews of the Citizen Corps mission, initiatives, and program components, such as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training (see page 15 of this Observer), Medical Reserve Corps, Volunteers in Police Service, and Neighborhood Watch, and basic in-formation about Citizen Corps Councils.

The USFA’s mission is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies through leader-ship, advocacy, coordination, and support. Citizen Corps is part of President Bush’s USA Freedom Corps initiative that is administered by the Department of Homeland Security, Office for Domestic Preparedness. It is designed to bring awareness, public education, training, and volunteer opportunities to the local level so that communities are safer and better prepared to handle threats of all kinds, including crime, disasters, emergencies, and terrorism. The USFA brochure is a tool for understanding Citizen Corps initiatives involving America’s fire and EMS departments. The brochure, publication number FA-263, can be obtained through the USFA’s publications on-line catalog at: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/applictions/publications/

(Extracted from the Natural Hazards Observor, March 2004)