Take Action and Join Together to Prepare Through Service

September is National Preparedness Month, and what better day to kick off our second week then September 11th. Although our Nation fell under attack on that day fifteen years ago, and many precious lives were lost, we owe it to the fallen and the survivors to all do our part to remain vigilant in our communities. Natural disasters and terrorist attacks cause many Americans to wonder how they can help prepare their communities. Being prepared goes beyond an Emergency Plan and a Go Bag, let’s take a look at preparing through service.

Through Citizen Corps, individuals can learn about opportunities to get involved and help build capacity for first responders. With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities. Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free.


Community Emergency Response Teams

If the community you live in has a CERT, get involved, take some training courses and be prepared to act through service in times of need. If you don’t have one, seek those with strong ties in the community to get one started with you. CERT will train in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. You can make a difference.

Veterans Active in Citizens Corps


Find veteran volunteer opportunities through Veterans Active in Citizens Corps

American Red Cross

Get trained in CPR and basic first aid and volunteer to help mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.

Medical Reserve Corps

Get trained and volunteer with Medical Reserve Corps to provide support during a public health emergency. 

Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service

Support community safety and security by getting trained and involved in Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service.

Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster

Find a volunteer opportunity with a Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

Fire Corps

Volunteer to support local fire departments through Fire Corps

Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol recruits volunteers through local squadrons that support aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.  This air auxiliary has been supporting missions since the 1940’s.

American Radio Relay League

American Radio Relay League supports the advancement of Amateur Radio Service and trains individuals interested in learning the skill of operating ham radios. 

Meals on Wheels Association

Meals on Wheels Association of America and the MOWAA volunteers provide meals and essential disaster preparedness information to over one million seniors in the U.S. each day.

National and Community Service

If you’re unsure how to get involved in your community check out this website for volunteer opportunities around you.


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