Emergency Preparedness

Volunteering in Your Community

If you’re interested in volunteering in your community, the following programs may be of interest to you.  For more information about each program, click on the logo.

Josephine County has created a Citizen Corps Council.  Through Citizen Corps, residents and busineses play an active part in making our community safer, stronger and better prepared for preventing and handling disasters of all kinds.


An expanded Neighborhood Watch Program incorporates terrorism prevention and education into its existing crime prevention mission.

Grants Pass Neighborhood Watch: 541-474-6374

Josephine County Neighborhood Watch: 541-474-5136


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains individuals in emergency preparedness and basic reponse techniques.  CERT members provide critical support to first responders and citizens of the community during emergencies.



Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is volunteer support, both administrative and in the field for law enforcement.

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers: 541-474-5136



Through the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), currently practicing and retired medical professionals augment the emergency medical response community during large-scale emergencies.  Volunteers can also support non-emergency public health needs throughout the year.

Contact the Josephine County Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at 541-474-5325.


The Josephine County Search & Rescue is a volunteer, non-profit organization not funded by any agency.  The Sheriff is responsible for every search in Josephine County under ORS 401, therefore every active member of this organization is deputized.  Only those of high moral standards and willingness to help are accepted.

Each active member has their own personal equipment with additions provided by the organization.  Members of this organization are represented from all walks of life; willing to go on-call whenever needed, day or night.  Josephine County Search & Rescue is an all-weather, versatile unit, equipped with everything needed to conduct a well organized search.  The individuals have proven themselves available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost to the county.

In addition to active duty members, Search & Rescue has specialty teams for specialized rescue situations.  These teams include: Dive Rescue, Mountain Rescue, Mounted SAR, ATV, Snow Rescue and K-9.

For information on joining call Josephine County Emergency Management: 541-474-5300

SAR Blog Site: http://jocosarblog.typepad.com


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