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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.

Currently there are:
2,364 Councils which serve
225,100,550 people or
79% of the total U.S. population logo

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Save The Date! 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness: August 9-12, 2009

The 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness: The Power of Citizen Corps, is being hosted by FEMA's Community Preparedness Division on August 9-12, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA. The conference is open to all who are interested in making their communities safer, stronger, and better prepared for all types of hazards. It will bring together approximately 600 state and local elected officials, emergency management, fire and police services, public health and emergency medical services, non-governmental organizations, private business and industry, advocacy groups, and members of public.

More information on the conference can be found on the conference website: News

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National Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 24-30, 2009

National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 24-30, 2009

The goal of National Hurricane Preparedness Week is to inform the public about hurricane hazards. Since hurricane hazards come in many forms (storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding), it is important for citizens to have the knowledge and a plan that accounts for all these possible hazards. This can save lives at work, home, while on the road, or on the water. We encourage you to visit to review the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare a family and community disaster plans accordingly.

Digital Transition: June 12, 2009

On June 12, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. Congress recently passed the DTV Delay Act, which extends the deadline for full-power broadcast TV stations to complete the DTV transition from February 17, 2009, to June 12, 2009. The new law allows more time for consumers to be prepared for the DTV transition. However, Congress did not require stations to continue broadcasting in analog after February 17th, and stations may choose to complete their transition, and stop broadcasting in analog, before June 12th. Millions of American residents depend on television as a reliable source of information, to include emergency alerts and warnings. Citizen Corps Councils are urged to inform members of your community -- especially older adults and homebound individuals -- of the digital transition to ensure they take any necessary action to receive and view over the air digital signals.

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