Welcome to the
Pennsylvania Volunteers website. The
Pennsylvania Volunteers Inc., which is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization based in Butler County, PA,
serves as the official sponsor of all Pennsylvania Volunteers Citizens Corp
Pennsylvania Volunteers has a mission to coordinate and work in concert with all local, state and federal Emergency Management agencies as well as any other professional organization recognized by the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) .
Our goal is to establish,
Commonwealth wide, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) programs as well as
other assisting teams including; Neighborhood Watch Groups, Fire Corps, Medical
Corps, Search and Rescue, and Ministry in Action. Our members receive training
from nationally accredited sources and instructors.
As part of the
Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corp, our mission 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.
BENEFITS TO OUR COMMUNITIES:
Securing our safety and freedom requires that we all work together. Every American has a critical role to play. Major disasters in a community can overload the capability of emergency responders, especially during the first critical 12 to 72 hours of the event. Citizen Corps will provide the community with a well-trained, readily available pool of local people who know their community and who can help during this critical time when outside assistance may have not yet arrived.
On a day-to-day basis, your council will help citizens take a more active role in crime prevention, risk reduction and emergency preparedness. Citizen Corps Councils and the programs they oversee will make your community a safer, better place to live. Specific benefits include:
Examples of programs we can help you establish in your local community:
CERT – Community Emergency Response Team program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills; such as fire safety, light search & rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community.
Neighborhood Watch – The National Neighborhood Watch program is housed within the national Sheriff’s Association, has worked to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens. Once trained, the Neighborhood Watch members work with local law enforcement to focus on crime prevention, disaster preparedness, emergency response, and terrorism awareness.
Ministry in Action - Community, faith-based, and youth programs that establish neighborhood support networks and disseminate disaster preparedness educational materials and post disaster training.
Medical Reserve Corps - The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need. MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, care planning, and other efforts. The MRC program is administered by HHS.
Search & Rescue – Team members are trained to assist emergency professionals in light search & rescue in support roles.
Fire Corps - Citizen advocates can assist local fire departments in a range of activities including fire safety outreach, youth programs, and administrative support.