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Citizen Corps - A Guide for Local Officials
This document, geared towards local officials and useful to anyone, provides an overview of the Citizen Corps Program. It includes an overview of Citizen Corps related programs and outlines the steps to establish a Citizen Corps Council.
CERT - Community Emergency Response Team
Ohio EMA coordinates several CERT Train-the-Instructor Courses each year. For more information contact Rudi Blaser (RBlaser@dps.state.oh.us).
For additional information and CERT resources see http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert.
Lucas County CERT Instructor Slides
The Lucas County CERT program has added slides to all or most of the CERT modules based on the FEMA CERT Instructor Guide as well as activities and policies unique to their program. These slides are made available to provide a head start to programs wishing to supplement their CERT slide presentations. For more information on the Lucas County CERT program, visit http://www.co.lucas.oh.us/ema/cert_home.asp.
Fire Corps Resource Guide
This guide was developed by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Community Preparedness/Citizen Corps through the United States Fire Administration. It provides useful information on the benefits of a Fire Corps Program, steps to take in order to establish and manage a program, and assess, recruit, train and retain volunteers.
More information is available at www.firecorps.org.
Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national program with a local, community-based emphasis. Its mission is to support community efforts to utilize local medical and health volunteers during emergencies and at other times of community need. Based on local needs and available resources, each community's MRC will function differently.
If you are interested in forming or joining a Medical Reserve Corps Unit, please visit the Ohio Medical Reserve Corps web page.
For additional information, see http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/TASeries or http://www.serveohio.org/CitizenCorps/mrc/mrc.html.
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) manages and implements the VIPS Program in partnership with and on behalf of the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps and the U.S. Department of Justice. The program's ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.
These documents provide information to departments and volunteers on how to start or join a VIPS unit.
Additional information, including how to find a unit near you is available at: www.policevolunteers.org