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Community resilience requires the participation of community leaders from all sectors and the public. The local Councils in this registry are committed to strengthening community safety and preparedness through increased civic engagement and to developing goals and strategies tailored to specific community vulnerabilities and population.

Hillsborough County Citizen Corps Council

Date last updated: Jun 28, 2017

Contact Information

William (Bill) Twaite
Contract Manager
Hillsborough County
601 East Kennedy Blvd.
Floor #22
Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 276-8245

Council Web Site:

Sponsoring Organization: Hillsborough County - Public Works Hazard Mitigation and Fire Rescue

Date Council Established: September 2004

Council Mission:

The mission of the Council is to bring together local leaders, citizen volunteers, and volunteer first responder organizations to share resources and training.  The Council aspires to have all citizens participate in making communities safer by providing them with the tools and training needed for preventing and responding to threats of all kinds.

Council Membership

The Public Sector
  • Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Service
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Public Health Service
  • Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
  • Emergency Communications (e.g. Alerts/Warning Systems, PSAP / 911 Call Centers)
  • Hazard Materials Coordinator
  • Public Works
  • Public Utilities
  • Community College / Public Universities
  • Building Codes and Permits
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Post Office
  • Community Emergency Response Teams
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Volunteers in Police Service
  • Fire Corps
  • Neighborhood Watch and other Watch Programs
  • AmeriCorps / Senior Corps / Learn and Serve / VISTA
  • Other Government - Civil Air Patrol
The Private Sector
  • Private Hospitals / Assisted Living Facilities
The Voluntary and Community Sector
  • American Red Cross
  • Voluntary/Community Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD / COAD)
  • Salvation Army
  • Civic Organizations (Rotary, American Legion, VFW)
  • Chamber of Commerce / Jaycees
  • Neighborhood / Community / Homeowners Associations
  • 211 Service
  • Youth-Based Organizations
  • Advocacy / Service Organizations for People with Disabilities
  • Advocacy / Service Organizations for the Frail Elderly
  • Advocacy / Service Organizations for Low Income Issues
  • Faith or Interfaith-Based Organizations
  • Places of Worship
  • United Way
  • Community Foundation

Public Education and Training Activities

Preparedness Actions

Public Education Materials
  • Local alerts/warnings
  • Family Emergency Plan
  • Emergency supplies in multiple locations
  • First Aid
  • CPR / AED
  • Local information on evacuating
  • Local information on sheltering
  • Mitigation measures for property
  • Prevention measures (crime/terrorism)
  • Prevention measures (public health)
  • Family Emergency Plan
  • First Aid
  • CPR / AED
  • Mitigation measures for property

Hazard Types

Public Education Materials
  • All-hazards
  • Crime
  • Natural Disasters
  • Public Health
  • Crime
  • Natural Disasters
  • Public Health


Public Education Materials
  • Neighborhoods
  • Workplace
  • Community events
  • Workplace
  • Community events

Targeted Populations

Public Education Materials
  • General public
  • People with Disabilities
  • People with Transportation Dependencies
  • General public

Response Actions

Public Education Materials
  • Sheltering in place (staying where you are)
  • Community sheltering (mass care shelters)
  • Community sheltering (mass care shelters)
Outreach methods:
  • Website
  • Printed materials (brochures, flyers)
  • Community events

Volunteer Service

Website to register for local volunteer opportunities:

Council supported volunteer programs:
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Volunteers in Police Service
Volunteer opportunities in specialized areas:
  • Preparedness Education/Outreach Volunteer
  • First Aid / CPR / AED Training - Program Name: American Red Cross
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire Service - Program Name: Temple Terrace Fire Rescue
  • Law Enforcement - Program Name: Hillsborough County VIP
  • Public Health and Medical Services - Program Name: Hillsborough County MRC
  • Search and Rescue Volunteer - Program Name: Civil Air Patrol

Approximately 125 volunteers participated in Council supported activities community-wide in Mon Nov 20 11:55:41 GMT+00:00 2017.

Approximately 7000 volunteer service hours were completed community-wide in Mon Nov 20 11:55:41 GMT+00:00 2017.

Volunteer programs support surge capacity through response role.
Surge capacity volunteers are trained in the Incident Command System.
Volunteers have responded to disasters within the Council's area.
Volunteers have responded to disasters outside the Council's area.

Awards and Recognition

Areas Served by Council