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The mission of the Fulton County Citizen Corps Council (FC⁴) is to enhance the preparedness and resiliency of our communities through the collaboration, and coordination of the various Citizen Corps programs within Fulton County.

How it works:

FC⁴will work to promote collaboration among members by establishing direction, encouraging consistency of purpose, resource sharing, fair and appropriate fund allocation, and promoting communication and exchange of ideas.

The 5 Citizen Corps Programs include:

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT):

CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

For more information http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams.

Fire Corps:

Fire Corps provides opportunities for community members to assist your department by performing non-emergency tasks and roles, enabling department members to focus on emergency response and training. Engaging citizens may also allow departments to increase the services they offer, such as enhanced fire safety education programs. In return, citizens gain a greater understanding of the fire and emergency services and become better prepared to handle their own emergencies as well as those of their neighbors. Fire Corps members also act as advocates for the fire and emergency services in the community.

For more information http://www.firecorps.org/

Medical Reserve Corps:

MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year.  MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists.  Many community members—interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others—can fill key support positions.

For more information https://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/HomePage

USA on Watch:

USA on Watch was created by the National Sheriffs' Association, in conjunction with several well-known federal agencies, to advance this cause by encouraging the initiation and/or revitalization of neighborhood watch programs throughout the country. One of the oldest and best known crime prevention concepts in history, neighborhood watch, was created to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a massive effort to reduce residential crime. USA on Watch is used not only to promote neighborhood watch programs but also record the number of neighborhood watch programs started.

For more information http://www.nnw.org/usaonwatch

Volunteers in Police Services:

The Volunteers in Police Services program provides support and resources for agencies interested in developing or enhancing a volunteer program and for citizens who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a community law enforcement agency. The program’s ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.

For more information http://www.policevolunteers.org/

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