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Useful Links:


National Citizen Corps

National CERT

 Chautuauqua Co Emergency Services

Cattaraugus Co Emergency Services

Allegany Co Emergency Services

Be Red Cross Ready

Red Cross Safe and Well website

Homeland Security


Winter Weather Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Calculator

Welcome to the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Allegany Region
Emergency Support Citizen Corps!

Click these links to go to our county Citizen Corps program sites.  

CCARES Teams & Member Organizations

 Ashville BOCES VIPS

Jamestown CERT

Red Cross of SW NY

Olean CERT

Silver Creek CERT

Wellsville CERT

Salvation Army Jamestown


The next CCARES Citizen Corps Council meeting will be Tuesday March 27, 2012 at 2pm in Olean.


The CCARES Citizen Corps Council welcomes the latest Community Emergency Response Team to join us in community disaster preparedness, the LoGuidice BOCES Team.  80 Criminal Justice and Nursing Program students from the school completed the 20-hour FEMA curriculum during April. The course, led by the Divisional Director of Disaster Services for the Salvation Army, Leslie Vattimo, covered basic disaster preparedness, the Incident Command System, CERT organization, search and rescue, hazardous material and terrorist incidents, and disaster psychology.  With tremendous support from BOCES staff and teachers, Leslie and her team of CERT instructors were able to deliver these quality classes as part of their specialty program curriculum.


The CCARES Citizen Corps program began delivering the CERT curriculum to BOCES students in Chautauqua County in 2008, and since then has delivered hundreds of hours of disaster and emergency preparedness instruction to Criminal Justice and Nursing Program students.  We thank all of our community partners and supporters who make this important educational opportunity possible, with special thanks to the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services for their support to the program.



The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Allegany Region Emergency Support (CCARES) Citizen Corps Council has Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) throughout the southwestern New York region, a student Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) unit at the Ashville, NY, BOCES, and is actively pursuing a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) capability in Cattaraugus County.  Please click on the links above to visit the website of each local team.

The mission of CCARES Citizen Corps organizations is to encourage and support the participation of all residents in efforts to make themselves, our communities, and our nation safer and better prepared. Our message is that we all have a role in community preparedness, response, and recovery. The Citizen Corps Council encourages all residents to take personal responsibility for their preparedness, to get training in first aid and emergency skills, and to join a volunteer organization that supports local emergency responders, disaster relief efforts, or community safety in general. Special emphasis is placed upon supporting those with special needs.

The CCARES Citizen Corps Council supports community collaboration and encourages residents to participate in community response organizations. It supports individual and community emergency preparedness training. The Council is composed of a network of community organizations throughout the three-county region, all prepared to respond to significant disasters. Members include: Offices of Emergency Services, Departments of Health, Regional Transit System, Sheriff, Dispatch, Office for the Aging, United Way, Red Cross, Salvation Army, RSVP, CERT teams, and a VIPS team.
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