Oakland County partners
and liaisons with local community programs and is a major contributor to
Citizen Corps framework with CERT being one of the foundational programs.
As indicated by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Citizen Corps Program is a
collaborative framework that brings together local communities, citizen
volunteers, and a network of first-responder organizations. The organizations
involved in Citizen Corps Programs are local fire and police departments,
county health departments, and community neighborhood associations. The Citizen
Corps Partner Programs consist of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT);
Fire Corps; Medical Reserve Corps; Neighborhood Watch; and Volunteers in Police
Service. One of the goals of the Citizen Corps framework is to pair interested
volunteers with organizations in need of support. A summary of the Citizen
Corps programs is included in this webpage. Also, you can review the list of
our Oakland County communities with Citizen Corps Programs at the bottom.
Additional information on
the Citizen Corps Program is available at: www.ready.gov/citizen-corps
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates individuals about
disaster preparedness for incidents that may impact their area and trains them
in basic response skills. CERT volunteers are a valuable asset to their
community. Team members may be called upon to assist their community following
a large disaster when emergency responders are not immediately available or
they may also be called upon to assist with routine incidents such as parades,
searching for lost individuals, safety assistance at down power lines, or
perimeter control around a neighborhood after a severe weather event. Studies
of behavior following disasters have shown that groups working together perform
more effectively if there has been prior training and planning. CERT training
is designed to prepare you to help yourself and others in the event of a
disaster. The Oakland County Homeland Security Division strongly supports
Citizen Corps Programs throughout the County and region through training, planning, coordination, and equipment.
challenge our residents to better prepare their neighborhoods and place of
business for emergency or disaster situations. During a major critical
incident, emergency responders and resources will be limited. We encourage all
community members to be prepared as they
may need to rely on their own resources for food, water, shelter, and first aid
for at least three days following a disaster.
information on CERT is available at: www.citizencorps.gov/cert
Corps is supported by FEMA and the National Fire Council to build the capacity
of fire departments by connecting them to community volunteers who can assist
in non-emergency roles. Engaging citizen volunteers greatly enhances the
services they can offer.
information on the Fire Corps is available at: www.firecorps.org
Medical Reserve Corps
Medical Reserve Corps is administered by the US Department of Health and Human
Services with the goal of engaging volunteers to strengthen public health,
emergency response, and community resiliency. Volunteer healthcare
professionals may be called upon to assist during large scale events.
information is available at: www.medicalreservecorps.gov
National – Neighborhood Watch
Watch is administered by the National Sheriff’s Association and supported by
the Department of Justice. Neighborhood Watch unites law enforcement agencies,
private organizations, and individual citizens in an effort to reduce crime and
improve communities. Neighborhood Watch enables residents to a play a role in
safety and security through personal responsibility, information and training,
and volunteer service. Neighborhood Watch groups are provided the tools to
assist with crime prevention efforts, networking crime and suspicious activity
information, and proper reporting techniques.
information is available at: www.nnw.org
Volunteers in Police Service
Volunteers in Police Service Program is administered by the International
Association of Chiefs of Police and supported by the Department of Justice. The
program provides for training and resources for volunteers to support law
performing administrative and support functions. This effort allows
professional law enforcement officials to focus their energy and resources on
prevention and protection functions.
information is available at: www.iacp.org/VIPS
Programs and Training
Citizen Corps Programs
are critical in the effort to make communities more prepared and resilient when
incidents occur. We, in groups and as individuals, can prepare our homes and
workplace to cope with these critical times. Each community or program can
customize their training and planning needs based upon their threats,
environment, and resources.
County is fortunate to have numerous local leaders that support our communities
with active and well trained Citizen Corps/CERT Teams. Our philosophy focuses
on training, collaboration, and building of relationships with local cities,
villages, and townships that establish and manage their own programs for
county-wide service. We intend for our citizens to be better prepared to manage
critical incidents such as severe weather, flooding, major power outage, fire,
hazardous material incidents, and incidents or terrorism.
and informed citizens will be better able to help themselves, their families,
neighbors and co-workers in the event of a disaster that slows, hinders or
overwhelms normal response capability. These citizens may also help prevent a
terrorist attack or criminal act by watching for and reporting suspicious
persons, vehicles, or activity.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training involves an
8 module, 20 hour course of instruction and practical exercise. For more
background and course curriculum information concerning Community Emergency
Response Team training please refer to the following website: www.citizencorps.gov/cert
Oakland County Homeland Security Division is actively engaged with our local
teams and very familiar with their operations, events, and activities. We have
found that many volunteers select programs based upon the type of activities
the team participates in, the level of training offered, the geographic
location, and frequency of volunteerism. We will be glad to assist you with
finding a finding a Citizen Corps program that fits your interest.
If you are
interested in further information regarding Citizen Corps Programs in Oakland
County please contact Mike Kuzila of the Oakland County Homeland Security
Division at 248.858.1598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakland County communities with active Citizen Corps programs:
|Oakland County Sheriff's Office|
|City of Hazel Park|
(248) 542-6161 Ext. 254
(248) 634-9331 ext. 301
|City of Royal Oak|
|City of Novi|
|City of Pontiac|
|City of Novi|
|City of Royal Oak|
|City of Rochester|
|||City of Southfield|
|City of Rochester Hills|
|City of Southfield|
If you are interested in becoming a member of a Citizen Corps Team in Oakland County, please complete theCitizen Corps Program Member Application
. The completed application can be scanned then emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 248.858.5550 or mailed to:
Oakland County Homeland Security Division
1200 North Telegraph Road, Building 47W
Pontiac, Michigan, USA 48341-0410
Applicants may be asked to submit to a background check.
The County of Oakland does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission of access to its programs, activities or services as required by
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please contact us within five (5) business days prior to the event if you have any special needs.