Citizen Corps
Have you wondered what you could do to help your community in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack? If so, volunteering for Citizen Corps may be the answer. Citizen Corps is a volunteer network of citizens and first responder groups designed to make families and communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to any kind of disaster. Launched in January 2002 as part of the USA Freedom Corps and the President's Call to Service, Citizen Corps has already organized 478 Councils around the country and in 3 U.S. territories. In local communities, Citizen Corps Councils coordinate programs, develop community action plans, assess possible threats and identify local resources. To help with your emergency preparedness, is highlighting some of the benefit programs available for first responders and those impacted by a federally declared disaster.

For information on how your family can be better prepared to face a terrorist attack, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's new Web site:

Farmers looking for information or assistance with an agricultural disaster can visit the Farm Service Agency's Disaster Assistance Web site:

  • EMI Independent Study Program
    The EMI Independent Study program consists of self-paced courses designed for both the general public and people who have emergency management responsibilities. They are offered free-of-charge to all who qualify for enrollment. For more information visit

  • EMI Residential Education Program
    The Emergency Management Institute Residential Education Program improves emergency management practices among state, local and tribal government managers, and federal officials as well, in response to emergencies and disasters. For more information visit

  • Individual and Household Assistance
    The Individual and Household Assistance program provides aid to individuals and households affected by a disaster to enable them to address necessary expenses and serious needs, which cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance or insurance. For more information visit

  • National Fire Academy Educational Program
    The National Fire Academy Education Program provides training to any individual who is a member of a fire department or has significant responsibility for fire prevention and control. For more information visit