In response to the national request for Americans to work together to strengthen our communities, Carnation and Duvall residents have established a nationally registered Citizen Corps Council to assist in the coordination and dissemination of local volunteer emergency response opportunities and information in the Carnation-Duvall area. During President Bush's State of the Union address on January 29, 2002 he requested that all citizens devote time in volunteer service to their own communities by "getting organized to offer citizens opportunities to help make their communities safer, stronger, and better prepared for preventing and handling threats of terrorism, crime, and other emergencies and disasters."
The Carnation-Duvall area offers a broad range of opportunities for volunteer service. The goals of the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council are to stimulate interest at the grass roots level, to provide accurate information of available resources, to coordinate interests in order to avoid duplication, and to create funding, when required, for increased program growth.
Over the past months America has witnessed a wellspring of selflessness and heroism. People in every corner of the country have asked, "What can I do?" and "How can I help?" Citizen Corps has been created to answer these questions.
Citizen Corps councils such as the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps help drive local citizen participation by coordinating Citizen Corps programs, developing community action plans, assessing possible threats and identifying local resources.
Citizen Corps efforts at state and local levels will be coordinated nationally by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
There are many ways to get involved in the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council. There are programs and activities already underway across America that focus on making communities safer, stronger, and better prepared. In addition to the national Citizen Corps programs, you might seek out other volunteer agencies and organizations that support the mission of Citizen Corps and are a good match with your skills and abilities. Or you can contact your local police department, fire department, and emergency medical services department to ask how you can get involved in citizen's programs they offer.
Citizen Corps Programs
Citizen Corps' efforts encourage and assist Americans to become involved in their communities and our country. The following programs provide those service opportunities:
- Emergency Operations Center (EOC) manages communications, recovery operations, equipment, public information, needs assessment, and volunteer support.
- The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program that prepares people in neighborhoods, the workplace, and schools to take a more active role in emergency management planning, and to prepare themselves and others for disasters.
- An expanded Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP) incorporates terrorism prevention and education into its existing crime prevention mission.
- Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) provides support for resource-constrained police departments by utilizing civilian volunteers in order to free up more law enforcement professionals for frontline duty.
- The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) coordinates volunteer health professionals during large-scale emergencies to assist emergency response teams, provide care to victims with less serious injuries, and remove other burdens that inhibit the effectiveness of physicians and nurses in a major crisis.
The activities in the region are coordinated and facilitated through the King County Office of Emergency Management and the cities and districts (fire, police, etc.) that provide the programs or training.
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"Carnation Duvall Citizen Corps Council is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (tax ID#90-0068642)."