Washington, DC — On December 4, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the formation of the National Citizen Corps Council at a White House meeting. The NVFC is a charter member of the Council. NVFC Executive Director Heather Schafer and Director of Government Relations Craig Sharman participated in the Council’s first meeting.
The National Citizen Corps Council brings together national leaders from first responder groups, emergency management agencies, volunteer service organizations, state and local governments, and the private sector to engage citizens in homeland security and promote community and family safety practices across the country. The leadership of these organizations and their colleagues at the state and local levels will collaborate to create local Citizen Corps Councils and to advance the mission of Citizen Corps.
“The NVFC is proud to be a member of this new National Citizen Corps Council to promote volunteerism, citizen preparedness, and citizen engagement in homeland security efforts,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “Through our work to support Citizen Corps, we can enhance the strength of our nation’s volunteer emergency services and make America’s communities better prepared to respond to disasters of all kinds.”
In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush issued a call to all Americans to engage in volunteer service, and announced the creation of USA Freedom Corps to help individuals answer that call to service. President Bush established the Citizen Corps initiative (www.citizencorps.gov), a component of the USA Freedom Corps, to provide individuals with opportunities to volunteer in a range of homeland security measures within their communities.
Citizen Corps’ mission is to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds by engaging individuals in emergency preparedness and response through education, training, and volunteer service. The Citizen Corps initiative includes programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice and Health and Human Services, as well as FEMA, which is also responsible for coordinating the Citizen Corps initiative.