About Citizen Corps

We all have a role in hometown security.

Citizen Corps is FEMA's grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience.

Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.

In Utah there are currently:

65 Councils which serve
1,607,882 people or
72% of Utah's population.

During his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush called upon every American to commit at least two years of their lives - the equivalent of 4,000 hours - to the service of others. Through the USA Freedom Corps, he wants to help every American answer that call to service by strengthening and expanding service opportunities to protect our homeland, to support our communities, and to extend American compassion around the world.

Coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Citizen Corps is the component of the USA Freedom Corps that focuses on opportunities for people across the country to participate in a range of measures to make their families, homes, and communities safer from the threats of terrorism, crime, and disasters of all kinds. Citizen Corps also brings together a community's first responders, firefighters, emergency health care providers, law enforcement, and emergency managers with its volunteer resources.

Citizen Corps helps people across America take a more active role in crime prevention, support the emergency medical community, and be better trained in a wide range of emergency preparedness and disaster response activities. The events of the past few years have motivated many Americans to want to help others more and to strengthen their communities to be safer, stronger, and better prepared, and to answer the President's call to serve.


Currently there are 2,277 Councils which serve 217,602,642 people or 76% of the total U.S. population!

Looking for a Citizen Corps Council in your area? Utah currently has 66 officially registered councils. Click here to find a council near you.

Do you need to register your Citizen Corps Council? Click here.

The Utah Citizen Corps Council was formally reorganized in February 2004 after a yearlong joint leadership structure by the directors of Utah’s Division of Emergency Services & Homeland Security and the Utah Commission on Volunteers. On February 19th, 2004, Citizen Corps was officially adopted as a program and sub-committee of the Utah Commission on Volunteers. The Governor appointed Larry Ellertson as Chair of the state council, and Scott Snow as the official state Point of Contact for Citizen Corps. The Utah State Citizen Corps Council meets monthly and is comprised of 12 members representing public safety professionals and volunteer service networks.

The state council primarily plays a coordination and communications role. They reach out to public safety professionals and jurisdictions in helping citizens take a more active role in crime prevention, risk reduction, and emergency preparedness. They are also involved in promoting the five charter programs of Citizen Corps:

  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Fire Corps

The state Citizen Corps Council serves as a resource link between the national Citizen Corps initiative and local and regional councils throughout Utah. The state council encourages local and regional councils to link efforts with existing volunteer service networks such as the 20 Volunteer Centers across the state and with the programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service (including AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps*VISTA and Senior Corps programs). The state council also provides training to local councils and facilitates partnerships with public safety professionals to maximize resources statewide.

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Citizen Corps Event Calendar

Be Ready Utah

Even though we don't know when or where disasters and emergencies may strike, we do know that we can do more to be prepared for the unexpected.

Check out the Be Ready Utah website at the link below.

Be Ready Utah

Citizen Corps Quotes

"We are all angels with only one wing; we can only fly while embracing one another." Luciano de Crescanzo

Citizen Corps Updates

Power of Prevention Conference:

Date- March 2-7, 2015

Location- Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley, Utah

More info here: http://www.utahcrimeprevention.org/