Citizen Corps


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About Florida Citizen Corps

We all have a role in hometown security

Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.

Currently there are:
94 CERT Programs
21 Citizen Corps Councils

2525 Neighborhood Watch
129 Volunteer Police Services
33 Medical Reserve Corps
21 Fire Corps

which serve citizens throughout the state of Florida.

2011 CERT Survey Data



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Register Your Community Emergency Response Team

Calendar of Events

Citizen Corps National Calendar of Events

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Find the Citizen Corps Council Nearest to You


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Important Links

Request for Training

CERT Manual Order Form

Local Citizen Corps Council Websites and Information

Local CERT Team Websites and Information

Volunteer Centers

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Advanced CERT Academy

Over the weekend, 84 people participated in a three-day Western Panhandle Advanced Citizen Corps Academy at the University of West Florida. This was the 5th Academy in the Panhandle and the largest to date. Participants included the Medical Reserve Corps from 4 counties, CERT members from 4 counties, interested citizens, plus a number of people from outside of region 1. The academy had sign language interpreters and included deaf students. Medical CEUs were offered to licensed professionals. A variety of training was offered, and a joint training exercise was conducted on Sunday.
Participants received training in:


The Florida Division of Emergency Management welcomes you to the new Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) webpage. The goal of this site is to open new opportunities and serve as an invaluable tool for existing and starter programs. Floridians who are interested in becoming a member of a CERT team can find information on teams and Citizen Corps councils in their local area and sign up to serve. Everyone can play a role and make a difference in their community by getting involved today.

Bryan Koon, Director

Florida Division of Emergency Management

For more information on volunteering during disasters and community emergency response teams, please contact Chanda Jenkins at

Announcement from the Florida Division of Emergency Management

NOTICE: The 2014 Citizen Corps Program sub-grant scores/awards are still being determined. Please contact the Citizen Corps/CERT Coordinator, if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience!

For information regarding the CERT/Citizen Corps Program, please contact Chanda Jenkins at

The Florida CERT Association

The Florida CERT Association is a 501 ( c) 3 (not-for-profit) organization whose primary goal is the support of statewide training and education in disaster planning/emergency preparedness for citizens and established CERT teams. The association, in concert with local, state and federal agencies, serves as a mentoring and resource asset for local CERT teams and programs.

It also organizes an annual statewide conference where CERT teams are able to learn from subject matter experts on a variety of pertinent and interesting topics that will enhance individual and team performance. Team members will also have the opportunity to drill and network with like motivated CERT graduates from all over the state of Florida.

2014-2015 Grant Awards

The Florida division of Emergency Management is pleased to announce that is has completed the application review of application submitted for the award grant funding to recipients throughout the state for the start-up or maintenance of Citizen Corps Council and CERT programs. Please click on the link below to see if your community was awarded funding for community preparedness. For more information please contact Dieldra Clark, Citizen Corps/CERT Coordinator, at 850-413-9938

FY13-14 Citizen Corp-CERT Scoresheet 2013



In any major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away. What would you do if you had no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will help ensure their safety and comfort during these difficult times. A well thought-out plan of action for you and your family can go a long way toward reducing the damage from tornados, wildfires, severe thunderstorms and flooding that could strike the state of Florida.

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