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Citizen Corps
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.

Currently there are 30 Councils in Louisiana. There are 2,428 Councils which serve 227,557,433 people or 80% of the total U.S. population.

Personal responsibility: Developing a household preparedness plan and disaster supplies kits, observing home health and safety practices, implementing disaster mitigation measures, and participating in crime prevention and reporting.

Training: Taking classes in emergency preparedness, response capabilities, first aid, CPR, fire suppression, and search and rescue procedures.

Volunteer service: Engaging individuals in volunteer activities that support first responders, disaster relief groups, and community safety organizations. Everyone can do something to support local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, community public health efforts, and the four stages of emergency management: prevention, mitigation, response and recovery efforts.

Local Citizen Corps Councils:
  • Promote and strengthen the Citizen Corps programs at the community level, such as Volunteers in Police Service programs, CERT teams, Medical Reserve Corps units, and Neighborhood Watch groups;
  • Provide opportunities for special skills and interests;
  • Develop targeted outreach for the community, including special needs groups;
  • Provide opportunities of training in first aid and emergency preparedness;
  • Organize special projects and community events;
  • Encourage cooperation and collaboration among community leaders; and
  • Capture smart practices and report accomplishments; and
  • Create opportunities for all residents to participate.
Chelsea Brown
State Citizen Corps Coordinator
7667 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge, La 70810
Timothy “Timmy” Gautreau, Jr
CERT Advocate
Jefferson Parish
Kevin Bosarge, LEM
Deputy CERT Advocate
Tangipahoa Parish
John Lane
Fire Corps Advocate
Caddo-Bossier Parish
Angela Jouett
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Advocate
Calcasieu Parish
Joe Almerico
USAonWatch Advocate
Plaquemines Parish
Lt. Lafate Elliott Day, Jr
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Advocate
Lafourche Parish
Stuart Stewart, Ph.D.
Campus Advocate
Louisiana Campus Compact