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About Citizen Corps

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.
The Citizen Corps mission will be accomplished through a national network of state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils. These Councils will build on community strengths to implement the Citizen Corps programs and will carry out a local strategy to have every American participate.
Trained CERT Team volunteers are being asked to perform welfare checks on people in need in their communities. Neighborhood leaders are being mobilized to check on and assist vulnerable individuals in targeted locations and being asked to conduct telephone welfare checks on seniors.
CERT members should also pay attention to animals outside. Tethering, even in the shade, is
inappropriate for the extreme heat and humidity we have today.  Likewise, even a few minutes left in a
hot car could spell death for an animal.  Signs of heat frustration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are similar in animals as they are for humans, although it develops much more quickly.  If there is an animal out in the heat who looks sluggish, is panting heavily (any cat panting is abnormal), or who has passed out needs care immediately.  If it is safe to do so, move the animal to a cool location, offer cool water, wet down the foot pads and find the owner and a veterinarian.

Remember to take care of yourself first! If you aren't safe, you can't help anyone else. Stay hydrated and alert the proper professionals to anything above and beyond the scope of CERT.
Thanks to all of our volunteers for their hard work and willingness to help in our communities!
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