Ogle County Emergency Management Agency currently has two volunteer programs that are working towards a common goal with local officials in protecting the citizens of Ogle County.
Ogle County SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) Program developed in the 1960s that consists of trained weather spotters who provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists and emergency responders make life-saving warning decisions. Spotters are concerned citizens, amateur radio operators, trucks drivers, mariners, airplane pilots, emergency management personnel, and public safety officials who volunteer their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting Ogle County. For more information on the Ogle County SKYWARN ® Program please contact Ogle County Emergency Management Agency by phoning 815.732.6666 ext. 289.Click here to read the Spotter’s Field Guide
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train volunteers to assist first responders in 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. The role of a CERT volunteer is self-help/neighbor-help until such time as trained first-response personnel arrive.
The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Training of CERT volunteers consists of 20 hours of instruction on topics that include disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations.
For additional information on CERT, visit http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/
Are You Ready? Get Involved
Citizen Corps provides opportunities for people across the country to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds. Through public education, training opportunities, and volunteer programs, every American can do their part to be better prepared and better protected.
Citizen Corps is managed at the local level by Citizen Corps Councils, which bring together existing crime prevention, natural disaster preparedness, and public health response networks with the volunteer community and other groups. These Citizen Corps Councils will organize public education on disaster management and preparedness, citizen training, and volunteer programs to give people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to support their community’s emergency services and to safeguard themselves and their property.
By participating in Citizens Corps programs, you can make your home, your neighborhood and your community a safer place to live. To find out more, please visit the Citizen Corps website, www.citizencorps.gov or visit www.fema.gov
Activities under Citizens Corps include existing and new federally sponsored programs administered under the Department of Justice (Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service, and Operation TIPS), under FEMA (Community Emergency Response Teams – CERT), and under DHHS (Medical Reserve Corps), as well as other activities that share the common goal of community and family safety.