Citizen Corps Program in Connecticut
The federal Citizen Corps Program (CCP) is an umbrella program for multiple sub-programs including Community Emergency Response Teams, the Medical Reserve Corps, Fire Corps and Neighborhood Watch. Connecticut uses Homeland Security Grant Funding (Through the Statewide Citizen Corps Sub-program) to fund Community Emergency Response Teams across the state.
The Statewide Citizen Corps Advisory Council is the governing body for the Citizen Corps Program in Connecticut and meets bi-monthly to develop policy recommendations to DEMHS senior leadership and the DEMHS Advisory Council. As of May of 2018, there are approximately 100 active CCP teams across the state including CCP, MRC and Fire Corps, representing 4,250 active members.
- Statewide Citizen Corps Program Manual
- Statewide Citizen Corps Grant Program
- 2017 Citizen Corps Activity Report
Community Emergency Response Teams
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 and team organization. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event based on the training they have received. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
- All CERT Standard Operating procedures were consolidated into the Statewide Citizen Corps Program Manual
- CERT Activation Request Form
- Loyalty Oath
Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need. MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, sheltering and points of distribution (PODs). The MRC program is administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General. The CT MRC program operated under the auspices of the Connecticut Department of Public Health(DPH).