Ready Montana

Engaging citizens in service and emergency preparedness

Resources to help you prepare:

Montana Citizen Corps

Montana Citizen Corps

The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of Montanans through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to disasters of all kinds. Learn how you can be involved with your local Citizen Corps Council by contacting the local DES agent. Contact information is available at the state Disaster and Emergency Services website. For a full list of registered Montana Citizen Corps Councils please view the national Citizen Corps website.

Map Your NeighborhoodMap Your Neighborhood Logo

Learn the “9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster” to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.

  • Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
  • Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas and propane tanks for quick response if needed.
  • Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.
  • Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.
  • Map Your Neighborhood Information Complements of WA State Military Department.
  • Check out the Map Your Neighborhood Online Training before you hold a Map Your Neighborhood in your community.

Community Emergency Response TeamCERT

CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. For more information, go to the national CERT website.

Citizen Corps Special Needs Program

Special Needs ImageConsidering the needs of all the populations is essential to our state and local jurisdiction's success in planning for and preparing all of our citizens.

For technical assistance in creating your jurisdictions emergency operations plan or if you have questions concerning the Special Needs Toolkit please contact Brett Lloyd with Spartan Consulting.

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DESMontana Disaster and Emergency Services

The Montana State Citizen Corps works closely with the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services whose mission is to take the lead in coordinating comprehensive emergency management in Montana. Find your local DES coordinator here.

American Red Cross of Montana

Red Cross LogoAmerican Red Cross of Montana, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Montana Volunteer Registry

Montana Volunteer RegistryMontana Volunteer Registry is administered by the Department of Public Health and Human Services and local public health departments to recruit, credential, train, manage and deploy volunteers (medical and non-medical) to assist the State of Montana, emergency services, healthcare facilities, public health and other partners to respond and recover from disasters.

OPIMontana Office of Public Instruction

The State of Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) strives to provide safe, successful, and healthy schools for Montana’s K-12 students.To access preparedness and emergency planning resources as well as information on relevant training opportunities for Montana educators, visit OPI’s website.


FEMAEmergency Management Institute

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) trains more than 2 million Americans annually to improve the level of emergency responsiveness to all types of disaster and emergency situations nationwide.

Free independent study courses are available online. FEMA’s Independent Study Program courses support the following areas of emergency planning and management: incident management, operational planning, disaster logistics, emergency communications, service to disaster victims, continuity programs, public disaster communications, integrated preparedness, and hazard mitigation. For more information, visit the Emergency Management Institute website.


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