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Citizen Corps

Miami-Dade Citizen Corps Council. Uniting our communities - preparing our residents

"Harnessing the power of our residents through education and training and making our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to and recovery from acts of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and all hazards."


Are you energetic, outgoing, and full of life? Are you interested in helping you community during an emergency? Volunteer with the department and the Miami-Dade Citizen Corps Council where you can receive the training, skills, and team environment to help you prepare your community for a disaster.

If interested, please send us an Envelope email with your name, phone number, and email address. Get involved today!

What is Miami-Dade Citizen Corps?

A component of the President’s USA Freedom Corps, Citizen Corps creates opportunities for individuals to volunteer in their local community.  The Miami-Dade Citizen Corps Council is a way to get people involved in our community and make South Florida safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to all types of disasters.  Citizen Corps is about engaging individuals through education, training, and volunteer service.

The department serves as the host agency for the local Citizen Corps. Through this partnership, the associated Citizen Corps programs, such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, Citizen’s Crimewatch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), and Medical Reserve Corps provide important training and skill development opportunities for all citizens, businesses, and community groups on emergency preparedness and public safety.

How can I help?

The Miami-Dade Citizen Corps is always looking for helpful and energetic volunteers and participants.  You can join one of the excellent programs that suits your interests and/or skill level, or become a member of all the programs!  Join a CERT team, start a neighborhood crime watch, help your police department, and assist medical personnel- you can do it all!!

The Miami-Dade Citizen Corps is governed by a General Council, and you or your business/organization can join the Council and help build our group of local partners.  Currently, we have representatives from emergency management, medical professionals, business and industry, neighborhood associations, faith-based groups, and many more- but we need you too!  Get involved today!

National Programs

Community Emergency Response Team The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. Should disaster strike, CERT members can provide immediate first aid assistance to victims and give critical support to first responders.  Their training includes basic fire suppression and search and rescue techniques.
Volunteers in Police Service Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) gives citizens the opportunity to support the efforts of their state and local law enforcement agencies in protecting their communities from crime and terrorism.  Through the time and considerable talents of civilian volunteers who provide administrative and clerical support, our law enforcement professionals are to better perform their frontline duties.
Medical Reserve Corps The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) plays an integral part in our preparedness and response strategy. It provides an organized way for retired and practicing physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to volunteers their skills and expertise during local crises and throughout the year. Local MRC volunteer assist during large-scale emergencies such as an act of terrorism or an outbreak of influenza.

USA On Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a highly successful program that helps reduce and even prevent residential crime. Its unique infrastructure brings together neighborhood residents with local law enforcement who work together and better secure the safety of communities. Neighborhoods that start and maintain an active Neighborhood Watch program take a major step in reclaiming their communities as well as making them safer for everyone.

Local Programs

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