City Staff ContactAssistant Chief Corey Smedley, Alexandria Fire Department, 703.746.5256
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.
- CCC will meet by telephone at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2020, focusing on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. There will be no in-person meeting at the Fire Department HQ. To participate in the meeting, call 877-958-7416 and enter passcode 3845430#.
*CCC meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday of every other month, unless otherwise stated. The upcoming meetings listed above will take place at Fire Station 204 in the upstairs conference room, 900 Second St., unless otherwise advised.
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
- Meeting Agenda - March 23, 2020
- Meeting Agenda - January 23, 2017
- Meeting Agenda - July 25, 2016
- Meeting Agenda - May 23, 2016
- Meeting Agenda - March 27, 2017