The Citizen Corps Council was formed in response to the need to train volunteers and educate citizens on public safety and disaster preparedness issues. Members of the council include emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, American Red Cross, AmeriCorps, Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Green River District Health Department, ARES (amateur radio emergency services), VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) members, school districts and other volunteer, faith based and non-profit organizations.
The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.
Volunteers and training supported by the council include the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, Medical Reserve Corps, Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), and Fire Corps.
Special projects supported by the council include: “Senior Day Out at the Mall” each year in September, National Preparedness Month; Girl Scout / Boy Scout preparedness training to earn various merit badges; Teen CERT programs supported in both Hancock County High School and Henderson County High School.
Council meetings are open to the public and held on the third Wednesday of each month at GRADD at 9:00 am. Anyone is welcome to attend. Officers include Larry Koerber (Henderson County Emergency Management Director) as Chairman and Margaret Hibbs (Regional Preparedness Coordinator, Kentucky Department for Public Health) as Vice-Chair.
*If you are interested in more information, please contact David Clark at (270) 926-4433.