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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Nebraska Citizen Corps/Medical Reserve Corps Program

The Citizen Corps Program is a national effort to make communities safer and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds through education, training, and volunteer service. Five partner programs are affiliated with Citizen Corps: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Fire Corps, and Neighborhood Watch.

In Nebraska, Citizen Corps Councils throughout the state seek to identify potential threats and hazards unique to their communities. Community members and volunteers receive education and training to become better prepared to respond to a disaster or emergency. The Public Policy Center supports the State Coordinator for Nebraska’s Citizen Corps Program. The State Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the State Citizen Corps Council and MRC Consortium. These groups meet throughout the year to develop preparedness initiatives that address the State’s Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA).

If you are interested in more information about these groups, please visit the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency’s Citizen Corps page.

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