Office of Homeland Security
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Official, Liz DiGregorio Praises Kentucky's Family Preparedness Efforts

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 02, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller

Frankfort, KY: Today, at a statewide Citizen Corps conference hosted by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Director for Community Preparedness Liz DiGregorio commended Kentucky’s efforts to ensure families throughout the commonwealth have the resources and information they need to be prepared.

“Citizen Corps provides a tremendous opportunity for the public to better prepare themselves and their communities in hometown security. I am excited about the steps Kentucky is taking to make this program an even greater success,” said Liz DiGregorio, Director for Community Preparedness for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

Citizen Corps is a community-based initiative to engage all citizens in homeland security and community and family preparedness through public education and outreach, training opportunities, and volunteer programs. Programs under the Citizen Corps umbrella include federally sponsored programs and other activities that share the goal of helping communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to terrorism, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. It encourages all Americans to take an active role in building safer, stronger, and better-prepared communities. At this time, there are more than 2,200 Citizen Corps volunteers in the Commonwealth. 

Today’s conference allowed for Citizen Corps volunteers from around the Commonwealth to share ideas and information to make the program a greater success. Additionally, the Citizen Corps volunteers were informed that all 2005 funds for the program would be opened up to a competitive bid process that will fund the best local programs. Currently, there is over $215,000 earmarked by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Citizen Corps programs here in Kentucky.

Kentucky’s Citizen Corps Working Group Chairman, Dr. Earl Motzer said, “Today’s conference marks the first time local Citizen Corps councils, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Fire Corps, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), and Neighborhood Watch, from across the state have had the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues that face our communities each day. It is also the first time the state’s Citizen Corps Working Group has been able to determine how these precious resources are spent. We believe this change will allow us to better fulfill our vision of a shift away from passive citizen dependence on first responders to proactive citizen support of first responders.”