City Staff ContactFire Chief Corey Smedley, Alexandria Fire Department
Vision: Alexandria, Virginia will be a community that unites together to prevent or minimize the consequences of a disaster or threat to people's health, property, and safety.
Mission: To make Alexandria safe through citizen participation.
The Alexandria Citizen Corps Council (CCC) was established under the City Code in 2005 to advise and support the City Council of Alexandria to help Alexandria minimize the impact of disaster through prevention, preparation, and effective response measures.
Two primary components of this effort are preparedness and volunteerism. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations should take a number of steps to prepare for potential disasters (See "Preparedness" section of this webpage for additional information). Individuals interested in volunteering to assists in disaster preparedness and response have a number of programs available, including the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), the Neighborhood Watch Program, and the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program.
By enhancing preparedness and volunteer capabilities, the CCC will help ensure that Alexandria is a community that unites to prevent and minimize the consequences of a disaster or threat to people's health, property, and safety.
On January 26, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted the ResilientALX Charter, which provides a vision for enhancing the City's Strategic Plan goal of creating a safe and resilient community. It also establishes a comprehensive approach to understanding areas of risk and developing a sound strategy for preparation and mitigation.
- CCC will hold its next meeting Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This meeting is being held electronically, unless a determination is made that it is safe enough to be held in person at AFD HQ located upstairs at 900 Second St., Alexandria, VA. Electronic access will be provided in either event. Register in advance to participate and/or observe this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Public comment will be received at the meeting. Public comments can be made during the meeting using the chat feature or can be emailed to Brent Ruggles at email@example.com. Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to participate in the Citizen Corps Council meeting may call Brent Ruggles at 703.746.5296. We request that you provide a 48-hour notice so that the proper arrangements may be made.
- March 22
- May 24
- July 26
- September 27
- November 22
*CCC meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday of every other month, unless otherwise stated.
Citizen Corps Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to your questions related to the Alexandria Citizen Corps
Preparedness/Be ReadyThe City of Alexandria has a dedicated and professional team of first responders that is training for emergency response. But by taking a few simple precautions and planning ahead, you can help protect your family's safety in the event of an emergency. Get a kit, make a plan, and be informed. Develop your family or business preparedness plan!
Alexandria has established a number of programs for individuals interested in volunteering to assist in disaster preparedness and response. For volunteer opportunities related to emergency preparedness or response, visit the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau, Volunteer Alexandria, or any of the specialized sites below.
- The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) provides citizens with a mechanism to increase neighborhood disaster readiness and support first responders during emergencies and disasters. Training is provided in how to assess damage after a disaster, extinguish small fires, perform light search and rescue, triage and provide first aid, and provide much needed assistance in times of crises. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims and organizing spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also participate in non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
- The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of volunteers that includes individuals with medical training and experience as well as individuals from a wide range of non-medical backgrounds. MRC's local mission is to strengthen the health emergency preparedness and response of the people in Alexandria and to develop a Corps of medical and non-medical volunteers to respond as needed to such emergencies. MRC volunteer activities range from community preparedness to assisting in a variety of settings if a natural or terrorist-caused health emergency occurs.
The Alexandria Neighborhood Watch Program, operated by the Alexandria Police Department, assists any group wishing to organize a Neighborhood Watch Program by attending the initial meetings and explaining how the program works. Pamphlets and handouts are provided explaining the program. When 70% of the area completes the requirements of having a security survey and marking property for identification (see Operation ID), Crime Watch signs are posted throughout the neighborhood.
The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program allows citizens who wish to donate their time and talents to the Police Department to assist with administrative and operations support duties, thus allowing officers to spend more time on law enforcement and crime prevention activities.
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- City of Alexandria Emergency Preparedness webpage
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