Want to do more? There are many ways you can help your local community get Ready.
Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.
This mission is accomplished through a national network of state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils. There are 28 councils in Georgia. Find your local Citizen Corps Council and learn more about how you can get involved.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program 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.
Find your local CERT program and learn more about opportunities for you to prepare yourself to help your family and your community in an emergency.
The Georgia Medical Reserve Corps – part of the national Medical Reserve Corps Program — registers and trains volunteer health professionals to assist local communities in situations that overwhelm available resources.
Local units of the GMRC welcome health care volunteers including practicing, retired, or otherwise employed medical, nursing, allied health, dental, public health, mental health and veterinary medicine volunteers, as well as non-health care volunteers wishing to serve in specific support roles. Find a local GMRC unit.
The Red Cross offers a variety of ways for you to volunteer in your local community. Find out more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities.
SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Although SKYWARN® spotters provide essential information for all types of weather hazards, the main responsibility of a SKYWARN® spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. Learn more about SKYWARN and you can become a volunteer.
Many local police and public safety departments across Georgia have citizen volunteer programs. Specific volunteer opportunities vary, but generally include emergency disaster support, neighborhood watch, special events and more.
Search the Volunteer in Police Services (VIPS) Program directory to find a volunteer program in your area.