Frederick County Citizen Corps Council

About Citizen Corps

  • Grass-roots movement that actively involves everyone in making communities across America safer, stronger, and better prepared. 
  • Role to keep our hometowns safe and secure and helps you to prepare, train, and volunteer.
  • Citizen Corps also helps promote Ready, a public service campaign that urges people to take some basic steps to prepare for potential terrorist attacks and other emergencies.
  • There are currently 55 state / territory councils and 2,318 county / local / tribal councils which serve 223, 307, 198 people or approximately 78% of the total U.S. population. 
  • Comprised of local community, business, and government leaders. 

Our goal is to promote preparedness through education, activities and community outreach to make Frederick County safer, stronger, more secure and better able to respond to emergency and disaster situations.

  1. History
  2. Resources
  3. Partner Programs
  4. What Can I Do?

Following the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001, state and local government officials have increased opportunities for citizens to become an integral part of protecting the homeland and supporting the local first responders. 

Officials agree that the formula for ensuring a more secure and safer homeland consists of preparedness, training, and citizen involvement in supporting first responders. In January 2002, President George W. Bush launched USA Freedom Corps, to capture the spirit of service that has emerged throughout our communities following the terrorist attacks.

Coordinating Volunteer Activities
Citizen Corps, a vital component of USA Freedom Corps, was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. 

It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.

Building on Successful Efforts
Programs build on the successful efforts that are in place in many communities around the country to prevent crime and respond to emergencies. 

Programs that started through local innovation are the foundation for Citizen Corps and this national approach to citizen participation in community safety.

Coordinating Citizen Corps
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) coordinates Citizen Corps nationally. In this capacity, DHS works closely with other federal entities, state and local governments, first responders and emergency managers, the volunteer community, and the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps.