Citizen CorpsMissouri’s Citizen Corps Program focuses on bringing together local community organizations and agencies to increase individual and citizen preparedness. Through the support of a local community Citizen Corps Council, Missourians have the opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness and the importance of volunteer service. Communities that develop effective Citizen Corps Councils can be more resilient when facing any kind of disaster.

Missouri’s State Citizen Corps Council works to increase the availability of training and educational outreach for local Citizen Corps Councils around the state. Federal funding is available through grants administered by the Missouri Office of Homeland Security to help offset costs that local and state Citizen Corps Councils face. The Office of Homeland Security partners with the State Citizen Corps Council for peer review of local council applications. Councils that are in Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdictions (the Kansas City and St. Louis regions) receive direct funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for multiple programs.

Missouri’s Citizen Corps Council Program also provides support to Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).