SARPY COUNTY CITIZEN CORPS MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to serve the residents of Sarpy County in preparing for disasters, volunteering to support first-responders, and be trained in community safety.
SARPY COUNTY CITIZEN CORPS VISION STATEMENT
As Sarpy County continues to grow, we expect that our involved members will be active in educating the public about disaster preparedness and encouraging more interest in learning first aid or becoming a trained volunteer in the one of the five programs listed under Citizen Corps. We will be more present in the county with attendance at local events that promote safety, volunteerism, and community.
WHAT IS CITIZEN CORPS?
There are five programs that fall under Citizen Corps – Medical Reserve Corps (MRC); Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); Fire Corps; Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS); and USA on Watch (Neighborhood Watch). We reach out to faith-based groups, organizations that aide people with special needs, and all interested citizens. Our partnership with local law enforcement, county officials, and other service based organizations will facilitate good communication and quality performance when a disaster happens.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program
educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community. The program is administered by DHS.
The Fire Corps
promotes the use of citizen advocates to enhance the capacity of resource-constrained fire and rescue departments at all levels: volunteer, combination, and career. Citizen advocates can assist local fire departments in a range of activities including fire safety outreach, youth programs, and administrative support. Fire Corps provides resources to assist fire and rescue departments in creating opportunities for citizen advocates and promotes citizen participation. Fire Corps is funded through DHS and is managed and implemented through a partnership between the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
USAonWatch (UOW)-Neighborhood Watch
works to provide information, training and resources to citizens and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Neighborhood Watch programs have expanded beyond their traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness. USAonWatch-Neighborhood Watch is administered by the National Sheriffs' Association in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program
strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need. MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, care planning, and other efforts. The MRC program is administered by HHS.
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
works to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. VIPS serves as a gateway to resources and information for and about law enforcement volunteer programs. Funded by DOJ, VIPS is managed and implemented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.