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Citizen Corps

Learn more about the Citizen Corps Program!

In response to the national request for Americans to work together to strengthen our communities, King County government has established a national registered Citizen Corps Council to assist in the coordination and dissemination of local volunteer emergency response opportunities and information in the King County region. During President Bush's State of the Union address on January 29, 2002 he requested that all citizens devote time in volunteer service into their own community by "getting organized to offer citizens opportunities to help make their communities safer, stronger, and better prepared for preventing and handling threats of terrorism, crime, and other emergencies and disasters."

The King County region offers a broad range of opportunities for volunteer service. The goals of the King County Citizen Council are to stimulate interest at the grass roots level, to provide accurate information of available resources, to coordinate interests in order to avoid duplication, and to create funding, when available, for increased program growth.

Citizen Corps Programs

Citizen Corps' efforts to encourage and assist Americans to become involved in their communities and our country. The following programs provide those service opportunities:

  • Citizen Corps Councils will help drive local citizen participation by coordinating Citizen Corps programs, developing community action plans, assessing possible threats and identifying local resources.
  • The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program that prepares people in neighborhoods, the workplace, and schools to take a more active role in emergency management planning, and to prepare themselves and others for disasters.
  • An expanded Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP) will incorporate terrorism prevention and education into its existing crime prevention mission.
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) will provide support for resource-constrained police departments by utilizing civilian volunteers in order to free up more law enforcement professionals for frontline duty.
  • The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will coordinate volunteer health professionals during large-scale emergencies to assist emergency response teams, provide care to victims with less serious injuries, and remove other burdens that inhibit the effectiveness of physicians and nurses in a major crisis.

Citizen Corps efforts at state and local levels will be coordinated nationally by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

CERT - Community Emergency Response Team - from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Learn more about the FEMA CERT program!

Our region offers many growing opportunities especially in the area of CERT, Community Emergency Response Team, training. CERT is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that is provided to citizens throughout the United States. The classes offered by many King County cities and local organizations provide an excellent base for citizens to engage in aiding your own neighborhoods and workplace with skills to increase the resilience to emergencies and hazardous situations here in the King County region.

The cities and organizations linked below can provide you training opportunities close to your own home. If you have the need for further information you may call Timothy Doyle, at the King County Office of Emergency Management, 3511 NE 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98056; phone 206.205.4071; fax 206.205.4056; and e-mail: timothy.doyle@metrokc.gov.

Local King County Region CERT Contacts

Geographical Area: City of Bellevue
Programs: CERT and Neighborhood Crime Prevention
Sponsoring Agency: City of Bellevue
Points of Contact: Lisa Scott or Joann Jordan, CERT
Dan Matthews, Neighborhood Programs
Phone: 425-452-7923 CERT
425-452-6916 Neighborhood Crime Prevention
E-mail: jjordan@ci.bellevue.wa.us
Website: http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/page.asp?view=1840

Geographical Area: City of Federal Way, WA
Programs: CERT
Sponsoring Agency: City of Federal Way
Points of Contact: Jennifer Teeler
Phone: 253.661.4023
E-mail: jennifer.teeler@fedway.org
Website: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Page.aspx?view=338

Geographical Area: City of Kent, Fire District #37, and City of Covington, WA
Programs: CERT, Neighborhood Watch Program, Volunteers in Police Service (VIP)
Sponsoring Agency: City of Kent
Points of Contact: Michelle R. Hale
Phone: 253.856.4442
E-mail: mhale@ci.kent.wa.us
Website: www.ci.kent.wa.us/fireprevention/emergencymanagement

Geographical Area: Cities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park
Programs: CERT
Sponsoring Agency: Northshore Fire Department
Points of Contact: Terri Jones, Fire Prevention Specialist
Phone: 425-486-2784
E-mail: terrij@northshorefire.com
Website: www.northshorefire.com

Geographical Area: City of Mercer Island
Programs: NPP (Neighborhood Preparedness); Disaster Medical Program
Sponsoring Agency: City of Mercer Island
Points of Contact: Dee Totten, Emergency Management Coordinator
Phone: 206.236.3576
E-mail: dee.totten@ci.mercer-island.wa.us

Geographical Area: City of Milton
Programs: CERT
Sponsoring Agency: City of Milton
Points of Contact: James G. Jaques, Fire Chief
Phone: 253.922.0944
E-mail: jjaques@cityofmilton.net

Geographical Area: Greater Woodinville, Kirkland, Bothell, & South Snohomish area
Programs: CERT
Sponsoring Agency: Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District
Points of Contact: David Leggett
Phone: 425.483.7915
E-mail: daveL@wflsd.org
Website: www.wflsd.org

Geographical Area: Vashon/Maury Island (of King County), WA
Programs: CERT
Sponsoring Agency: King County Fire District #13 of Vashon Island
Points of Contact: Mike Cochran , CERT Coordinator
Phone: 206.463.4558
E-mail: certvashon@yahoo.com

Contact information for our partners who share county boundaries (Snohomish and Pierce Counties):

Geographical Area: Cities of Brier, Edmonds, Kenmore, Lynwood, Mill Creek,
Mountlake Terrace, and Woodway
Programs: CERT, Neighborhood Block Watch, VIP, Citizen Patrol
Sponsoring Agency: City of Federal Way
Points of Contact: Dan Good, for Citizen Corp, and Chandra Fox, CERT
Phone: 425.776.3722
E-mail: esca1@mindspring.com

Geographical Area: Unincorporated Snohomish County Neighboring King County
Programs: CERT
Sponsoring Agency: Snohomish County Emergency Management in cooperation
with local fire districts
Points of Contact: Christine Colmore
Phone: 425.423.8074
E-mail: ccolmore@snodem.org
Website: http://www.snodem.org/Cert/index.html

Geographical Area: Unincorporated Pierce County Neighboring King County
Programs: Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams (PC-NET)
Sponsoring Agency: Pierce County Department of Emergency Management
Points of Contact: Gretchen O'Connor or Jody Woodcock
Phone: 253.798.2551 or 253.798.7021
E-mail: goconno@co.pierce.wa.us or jwoodcp@co.pierce.wa.us
Website: www.piercecountywa.org


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If you would like to see what service opportunities exist in your community and other communities throughout the United States, check out the "USA Freedom Corps" link for ways you can serve your country.
USA Freedom Corps - 'The President's Call  to Service'


  Updated: June 29, 2006  
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