Citizen Corps: A Guide for Local Officials

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In the face of adversity caused by natural and man-made disasters, Americans act with courage, compassion, and unity. Citizen Corps is the grassroots movement that taps this collaborative spirit by engaging government and the whole community at the local level to strengthen individual, organizational, and community preparedness before tragedy strikes. Citizen Corps provides a platform for collaborative community planning and creates opportunities for individuals to volunteer to help their communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Citizen Corps brings together local leaders, citizen volunteers, and the network of first-responder organizations. First-responder organizations can include fire departments, police departments, and health-service providers. By fostering collaboration among all sectors of the community, citizens can participate in making their communities safer, stronger, and more resilient against the threats of terrorism, crime, and disasters of all kinds.
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