Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps (Community Emergency Response Team)

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

In January 2002, the President of the United States launched Citizen Corps, to capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our communities following the terrorist attacks.

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.

New Mexico is an active participant in the Citizen Corps Program. The New Mexico Citizen Corps program endeavors to educate the people of New Mexico about personal preparedness and how they can help their community during major emergencies and disasters.

Citizen Corps is composed of five key programs: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); Medical Reserve Corps (MRC); Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS); Fire Corps; and Neighborhood Watch. To learn more about how you can get involved and to find a Citizen Corps Program near you visit FEMA’s Citizen Corps website.

For on-line CERT training click here for registration. For any additional information on the Citizen Corps program, please contact

NM Youth Preparedness Camp – Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the 2020 Youth Preparedness Camp will not be provided. We look forward to planning for and implementing the 2021 Youth Preparedness Camp. Check back for more information in January 2021.