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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.

Brazos Valley Citizens Corps Council

Date last updated: Dec 3, 2012

Contact Information

Richard Dysart
Citizens Corps Program Manager
Brazos Valley Council of Governments
3991 E. 29th St.
Bryan, TX 77803

(979) 595-2800 ext. 2028
rdysart@bvcog.org

Council Web Site: https://brazosvalleytxcert.samariteam.com/default.aspx

Sponsoring Organization: Brazos Valley Council of Governments

Date Council Established: February 2003

Council Mission:

Brazos Valley Citizens Corps Council represents a 7 county region in Southeast Texas. Founded in 2004 to bring stakeholders together  from law enforcement, emergency management, volunteer groups, elected officials, and the private sector. Our focus is on disaster preparedness for the citizens of our region.

Council Membership

The Public Sector
  • Mayor, City/Town Manager, County/Parish Elected Leader
  • Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Service
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Public Health Service
  • Emergency Communications (e.g. Alerts/Warning Systems, PSAP / 911 Call Centers)
  • Hazard Materials Coordinator
  • Community College / Public Universities
  • Human Services Agencies (e.g. aging, disability, low income)
  • Local Emergency Planning Committees
  • Community Emergency Response Teams
  • Volunteers in Police Service
  • Fire Corps
  • AmeriCorps / Senior Corps / Learn and Serve / VISTA
The Private Sector
  • Private Hospitals / Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hotel / Tourism
The Voluntary and Community Sector
  • American Red Cross
  • Voluntary/Community Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD / COAD)
  • American Radio Relay League (ARRL) / Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) / Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) / other
  • Salvation Army
  • Civic Organizations (Rotary, American Legion, VFW)
  • Volunteer Center
  • Neighborhood / Community / Homeowners Associations
  • Places of Worship

Public Education and Training Activities

Preparedness Actions

Public Education Materials
  • Family Emergency Plan
  • First Aid
  • CPR / AED
  • Guidance on practicing response (drills)
  • Prevention measures (public health)
Training/Demonstrations
  • Family Emergency Plan
  • First Aid
  • CPR / AED
  • Guidance on practicing response (drills)
  • Mitigation measures for property

Hazard Types

Public Education Materials
  • All-hazards
  • Natural Disasters
Training/Demonstrations
  • All-hazards
  • Natural Disasters

Locations

Public Education Materials
  • Neighborhoods
  • Places of Worship
  • Civic / Non-profit Organizations
  • Community events
Training/Demonstrations
  • Neighborhoods
  • Schools
  • Places of Worship
  • Workplace
  • Civic / Non-profit Organizations
  • Community events

Targeted Populations

Public Education Materials
  • General public
  • Frail/elderly
  • Pet Owners
  • People with Disabilities
Training/Demonstrations
  • General public
  • Pet Owners
  • People with Disabilities

Response Actions

Public Education Materials
  • Sheltering in place (staying where you are)
Training/Demonstrations
  • Sheltering in place (staying where you are)
  • Continuity of Operations
Outreach methods:
  • Website
  • Social media
  • Printed materials (brochures, flyers)
  • Posters/Displays
  • Radio announcements
  • Reverse 9-1-1
  • Community events
National Preparedness Month Participation

Volunteer Service

Website to register for local volunteer opportunities:http://www.volunteerbrazosvalley.org/

Council supported volunteer programs:
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Fire Corps
  • Volunteers in Police Service
Volunteer opportunities in specialized areas:
  • Preparedness Education/Outreach Volunteer - Program Name: Disaster Volunteer Academy
  • First Aid / CPR / AED Training - Program Name: Red Cross DAT
  • Search and Rescue Volunteer - Program Name: TEEX USAR CERT COURSE
  • Pet/Animal Needs Volunteer

Approximately 65 volunteers participated in Council supported activities community-wide in 2010.

Approximately 4000 volunteer service hours were completed community-wide in 2010.

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

Individuals and teams are acknowledged with awards and/or recognition ceremonies.
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is used to honor volunteers.

Areas Served by Council

BRAZOS (County)
BURLESON (County)
GRIMES (County)
LEON (County)
MADISON (County)
ROBERTSON (County)
WASHINGTON (County)