The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is the supporting agency and sponsor of the local Citizen Corps Program. The goal of the Citizen Corps Program is to enhance and improve the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office emergency response and preparedness efforts by developing a pool of trained volunteers. Our volunteers support community safety, disaster preparedness, and emergency response efforts of first responders and, as a group, they are a force multiplier supporting the Sheriff’s Office.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), represents the largest and most broadly-trained of the volunteer CCP groups. CERT helps prepare people to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

To learn how you can better prepare for emergencies, visit and the national CERT page (, and enroll in local CERT training (Get Trained!). If you are interested in volunteering, CERT training will prepare you to join one of our teams.

Visit our Photo Gallery to see some of the ways CCP volunteers assist our community.

For more information, contact:

Shirlee Rhodes
Citizen Corps Program Manager