National Neighborhood Watch – a Division of the National Sheriffs' Association

Crime prevention through neighborhood cohesiveness and collaboration.


Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps and National Neighborhood Watch:
Harnessing the Power of Every Individual

Building a resilient community involves multiple sectors and engagement from each corner of the community. As active members seeking to keep our neighborhoods safe and prepared, we know how instrumental volunteers can be. A great resource working with National Neighborhood Watch to strengthen volunteerism and community resilience is Citizen Corps.

The Citizen Corps mission is to harness the power of every individual through education, training and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all kinds. This mission is accomplished through a national network of state, local and tribal Citizen Corps Councils. The Councils build on community strengths to implement preparedness programs and carry out a local strategy to involve government, community leaders and citizens in all-hazards preparedness and resilience.

Citizen Corps achieves its mission through its Partner and Affiliate programs. National Neighborhood Watch, formerly USAonWatch, has partnered with Citizen Corps to promote full community engagement and community preparedness in the face of emergencies. These two community-based programs work together to prepare citizens, plan activities to keep volunteers active and involved, and build skills for members to prepare and withstand emergency events.

Getting involved in your community through programs like these, and practicing the steps to take to ensure you’re prepared for emergency events, goes hand in hand with America’s PrepareAthon!, a grassroots campaign for action to encourage individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions and exercises.  The campaign urges individuals and organizations to take simple, specific actions to increase preparedness for a disaster. Citizen Corps encourages everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! because being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility.

National Neighborhood Watch recognizes the importance of preparedness, and is committed to keeping you and your loved ones safe. It takes the whole community working together to effectively withstand and recover from natural disasters.  Learn more about America’s PrepareAthon! and the free tools and resources it offers by visiting   

To learn more about Citizen Corps, visit