Orange County Citizen Corps provides opportunities for people across the county to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. Through public education, training opportunities, and volunteer programs, every American can do their part to be better prepared and better protected and to help their communities do the same.
Citizen Corps is managed at the local level by Citizen Corps Councils, which bring together leaders from law enforcement, fire, emergency medical and other emergency management, volunteer organizations, local elected officials, the private sector, and other community stakeholders. Each city has its own Citizen Corps to organize public education on disaster mitigation and preparedness, citizen training, and volunteer programs to give people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to support their community’s emergency services and to safeguard themselves and their property.
There are five Citizen Corps Partner Programs that need volunteers: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Fire Corps, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Medical Reserve Corps and USAonWatch – Neighborhood Watch.