Fairfax County Launches Citizen Corps Web Site


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April 15, 2003

 

Fairfax County Launches Citizen Corps Web Site

Emergency managers are frequently asked how citizens can help during disasters. In Fairfax County, the answer to that question is to sign up to volunteer for one of the many opportunities available through the Fairfax County Citizen Corps program.

Fairfax County Citizen Corps offers opportunities for citizens to volunteer for four programs designed to help communities prepare for and respond to emergency events. Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), the Medical Reserve Corps, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Neighborhood Watch programs bring together local leaders, citizen volunteers and first responders to build a stronger community.

In January 2003, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a request for Fairfax County government to partner with citizens and community organizations to initiate a Fairfax County Citizen Corps program and establish a local Citizen Corps Council as an advisory committee. Citizen Corps is a national program designed to add volunteer capacity to public safety and emergency response organizations, as well as to engage citizens in the welfare of their local community. According to Jane Kornblut, Executive Director of Volunteer Fairfax, "the Fairfax County Citizen Corps will harness the power of individual volunteers to make Fairfax County safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all kinds."

Fairfax County recently launched a new Web site at www.fairfaxcountycitizencorps.org where citizens can register to volunteer for four Citizen Corps programs or with an affiliate volunteer organization. The site provides a summary of each program as well as job descriptions for each available volunteer position. Visitors can also read a safety tip and current news articles or follow links to sites with related information. Interested volunteers without access to a computer can call Volunteer Fairfax at 703-246-3460, TTY 711 to register for one of the Citizen Corps programs.

The Citizen Corps Web site is managed by Volunteer Fairfax, a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to mobilize people and resources to meet regional community needs. Additionally, under the Fairfax County Emergency Operation Plan, Volunteer Fairfax is responsible for recruiting, registering and helping to mobilize volunteer resources during emergency events.

 

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