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Clark Citizen Corps Council
The Citizen Corps is a group of volunteer organizations or programs that are recognized by the federal government as having a mission related to emergency preparedness, crime prevention, or safety. The goal of Citizen Corps is to allow citizens to serve in a capacity that helps their community to become safer, stronger, and better prepared. The Clark County Citizen Corps Council meets monthly to share information and coordinate activities of different programs.
The programs included in the Clark County Citizen Corps are as follows:
- Community Emergency Response Teams
CRESA does not directly deploy Community Emergency Response Teams. CERT members typically self-activate in a disaster and report directly to their local CERT coordinators.
- Medical Reserve Corp (MRC)
- American Red Cross (ARC)
- Neighbors on Watch (NOW)
- Volunteer Connections
Search and Rescue
When a search and rescue call comes into the 911 center, the Sheriff's Office may request activation of search and rescue (SAR) resources. The CRESA Duty Officer notifies the appropriate teams depending on the type of call. There are ground searchers, air-scenting and tracking/trailing dog teams, dive teams and Civil Air Patrol. SAR team members are trained to locate missing persons and to search for evidence in criminal investigations. Dive teams are also called out on possible drowning or other underwater emergency calls.
SAR volunteers must belong to a recognized SAR team. Each team is responsible for the training and qualifications of its members and is under the direction of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. SAR teams gather monthly in the Search and Rescue Council to review any incidents and to share information on training exercises.
SAR Team active throughout Washington State may be found at http://wa-sar.net/
During a disaster, normal communications may be interrupted or overloaded. The ARES/RACES amateur radio volunteers step up to bridge the communication gap whenever their services are requested. They may be stationed at critical locations, such as a hospital, fire station, or mass care shelter. They relay important information between disaster response agencies or the Emergency Operations Center.
Volunteers are required to pass an FCC test in order to obtain an amateur radio license. Active members meet monthly to share technical tips and discuss drills and exercises. Our local amateur radio group can be found on the web at http://www.ccareswa.org/.
Trauma Intervention Program (TIP)
TIP is a national voluntary nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that those who are emotionally traumatized in emergency situations receive the assistance they need. To accomplish that goal, well-trained citizen volunteers are called to emergency scenes to assist family members, witnesses, and other bystanders who the emergency system often must leave behind. To learn more about the TIP program, please visit www.tipnw.org for more information.
Emergency Operations Center Training
To obtain the latest schedule of EOC training classes or inquire about volunteer opportunities, please call (360) 737-1911 X 3962 or email us at CRESA.Emergency.Management@clark.wa.gov.