Citizen Corps Work Group (CCWG)

Citizen Corps programs recruit, train, and support community volunteers to prepare for and respond safely and effectively to the threats and hazards associated with natural and human caused disasters and emergencies. The CCWG works to build disaster-resilient communities by strengthening and maintaining volunteer programs and affiliate programs and organizations. CCWG leverages and shares resources to develop and support regional projects and local initiatives. 


Chair: Renate Garrison, City of Beaverton,

June 2019 Updates

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Clackamas County

Clackamas Count is preparing for the 2019 CERT Summit in September. The Neighborhood Watch program is starting an average of two new watch groups each month. They’ll have 10-12 new groups in the next six months. Lake Oswego CERT just completed its spring CERT class for community members. They’ll offer a refresher training for past CERT graduates sometime this summer and a new basic CERT class this fall.

Clark County

Clark County is preparing for public safety fairs, Fire in the Park, 4th of July activities, Amateur Radio Field Day, Clark County Fair, and National Night out - just to name a few. New classes for CERT, NOW, and Fire Corps are being planned. Additional CERT classes are being discussed due to the growing request for this training in Clark County. NOW volunteers will assist law enforcement with outreach, administrative support, and providing extra eyes and ears on street patrols. A second Fire Corps team is in the process of forming. And the Medical Reserve Corps is engaging and training new volunteers were spurred into action after the Measles outbreak. At least two public safety exercises are being planned.

Multnomah County

The Multnomah County team is working on building out its burgeoning CERT team in Sauvie Island, increasing community capacity across the non-English speaking community through its Preparedness Advocates Team (Listos), and positioning its Citizen Patrol to increase their numbers and include CERT as part of the training curriculum. Their ARES team continues to hone their communications systems and support local training and exercise events.


The City of Portland is planning a leadership class for its CERT leaders. They plan to purchase additional Personal Protective Equipment to keep safe the hundreds of volunteers they’ve been training. And thanks to UASI support, they’ve been able to do more advanced search and rescue exercises.

Washington County

Washington County is planning for a regional CERT exercise in the fall. CERT volunteers will work summer events throughout the county (ex. Flicks by the Fountain, Longest Day of the Year concert). ARES volunteers are participating in Field Day in June with a “Get On the Air” station for new or interested amateur radio volunteers.

Washington County Medical Reserve Corps

  • Continues to host lifesaving trainings throughout the year, including Active Shooter Safety, Stop the Bleed, CPR/AED & First Aid, Pillowcase Project, and others. These training are offered for MRC, CERT, and the community.

  • Added a Baby Sitter Certification training this summer for low-income teens.

  • Partners with local senior and cultural agencies to increase resilience by leading personal preparedness and fall prevention workshops.

  • Supports community events and health fairs by providing blood pressure checks, Hands Only CPR, disaster sanitation and safe water outreach, Trauma Informed Care, and many other public health topics.

  • Supports volunteers who provide first aid for major events such as the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride at the finish line, which sees an attendance of 16,000 people over two days. First aid events allow evaluation of volunteer skills while practicing ICS and providing community service.

  • Supports vulnerable populations by partnering with other agencies to serve veterans, developmentally disabled adults (Safety Academy), and limited English proficiency communities. They also partner with Medical Teams International cataloging and packing medical supplies for shipment.

  • Offers quarterly trainings for volunteers. In August, they will be co-hosting a training/drill on setting up shelters with the Red Cross. They also do call down drills quarterly to assess availability of volunteers.