Sammamish Citizen Corps Programs
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 the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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.
The National Neighborhood Watch Program (formerly USAonWatch), housed within the National Sheriffs’ Association, has worked to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a nation-wide effort to reduce crime and improve local communities. 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. The Neighborhood Watch Program draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbors a hand.
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.
Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a unique community program offered in cooperation with the City of Sammamish that facilitates education and planning meetings on emergency preparedness; these meetings are led by MYN staff and hosted by citizens in their homes and community centers, throughout Sammamish neighborhoods.
Volunteers on the Info Hub Team play a key role during emergencies or disasters. Radio operators are an important link providing communication and coordination when traditional modes may be down or are overwhelmed. Info Hub team members may be ham or CERT volunteers may assist first responders or support organizations during an emergency from remote locations. The program offers training and ongoing support for events, and drills with other organizations and first responders.
Sammamish Citizen Corps Council is a 501(c)(3) community-based, 100% volunteer organization nationally chartered through DHS/FEMA to help everyone be safer from natural disasters, terrorism, crime, public health issues, and other medical emergencies. We offer a framework for connecting Sammamish citizens, elected officials, business leaders, and school representatives through programs in community awareness, response training, and volunteer service.