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The city of Las Vegas has established the Las Vegas Citizen Corps Council to coordinate volunteer community safety programs operated by city departments and allied agencies. The Las Vegas Citizen Corps Council serves the city of Las Vegas and collaborates with neighboring jurisdictions in southern Nevada through the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
During his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush announced the formation of the USA Freedom Corps to foster volunteerism in America. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been charged with the responsibility to administer the Citizen Corps program, a component of USA Freedom Corps. One of FEMA’s main goals is to encourage the development of Citizen Corps Councils in local jurisdictions throughout the country to ensure local government is involving citizens and other entities in emergency preparedness programs. Citizen Corps Councils are established for specific geographical service areas in order to address the unique needs of each community.
FEMA has identified a number of resident programs and one affiliate program within the Citizen Corps campaign including:
- The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program that helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts. CERT is a program of the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department and the Office of Emergency Management;
- The Neighborhood Watch Program is a highly successful effort which has been in existence for some thirty years in cities across America. It provides a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement and citizens for the protection of communities. Neighborhood Watch is a program of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department;
- The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program is used by some local police departments, including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. It utilizes civilian volunteers to supplement their sworn force. VIPS draws on the time and considerable talents of civilian volunteers and allows law enforcement professionals to better perform their frontline duties;
- The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a new program being established by the Clark County Health District that will coordinate the skills of practicing and retired physicians, nurses and other health professionals who are eager to volunteer during emergency situations. The city of Las Vegas will coordinate with the MRC program to augment the community's Metropolitan Medical Response System developed by the Fire and Rescue Department through the local emergency planning committee;
- Fire Prevention and Safety programs operated by local fire departments are affiliate programs to the Citizen Corps campaign. The Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department has established a new community-based fire safety program. The heart of the program is a comprehensive 14-page booklet, which addresses fire issues in Las Vegas and suggested fire safety techniques. The booklet is available in English and Spanish and covers such topics as family fire safety planning, posting of house numbers, security bars, types of fire extinguishers, how to report a fire, smoke detectors and what to do if trapped by a fire.
For more information, please contact project coordinator Rick Diebold directly at (702) 383-2888.
Office of Emergency Management
7551 Sauer Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Phone: (702) 229-6501
Emergency Hotline: (702) 38ALERT
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