Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team

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Citizen Corps (Community Emergency Response Team)

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.

NM Youth Preparedness Camp – we are currently planning to offer the Youth Preparedness Camp in June 2022. Please check back periodically for updates and additional details.

For more information about Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Teams, please contact Zach Wachter, Citizen Corps Program Manager by phone at 505-250-7397 or by email at