Be Ready - Get Involved

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Get involved and you can help make a difference when it matters most! During and immediately following a local emergency first responders and other Village personnel won’t be able to provide residents with all of the services you have come to expect. For all but the most life threatening situations you may be forced, during a disaster, to rely solely on yourselves and your neighbors. So get involved! Learn how to be better prepared and, better yet, volunteer to help your community in its time of need.

Training Opportunities:

Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training 
Sign up for Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training to learn the basics of emergency preparedness for you and your family. The program promotes a partnering effort between emergency responders and the citizens they serve, and classes meet once a week for seven (7) weeks. The training covers topics like basic first aid, search and rescue, severe weather, and how to build an emergency kit, to make sure you and your family are prepared for the next local disaster.

Residents that complete this course also have the option of becoming a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (see below). Classes are offered every fall so stay tuned to the website and future newsletters for dates and times. 

CPR Training
Sign-up for CPR training and you could save someone’s life! The Fire Department regularly offers American Heart Association classes including Healthcare Provider, Heartsaver, and Family and Friends CPR. For details on class dates, times, and fees contact Nell Pietrzyk or call (847) 818–5253. Group classes are available upon request. Contact Phil Wnek to schedule group classes.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Join the Mount Prospect Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and volunteer your time during local emergencies both big and small. Residents that complete the Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training are eligible to become a member of CERT and assist the Village with projects that enhance public safety, help first responders at emergency incidents, and provide assistance during large scale events. CERT members meet once a month and participate in continuing education and training throughout the year.

CERT has historically been limited to 20 volunteers, but is looking to expand! The team is looking to double its membership and create specialized groups trained to assist in a number of field and office tasks.

If you are interested in learning more about the Mount Prospect CERT contact Jim Miller or call (847) 818-5253.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) 
Join the Mount Prospect Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and give back to your community in times of need. The Village is always looking for licensed medical professionals willing to volunteer their medical assistance during local emergencies. The MRC is designed to supplement Village resources when disaster strikes, as is made up of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, and other healthcare workers that live in the community. Some of the tasks volunteers may be asked to complete include assisting emergency response teams, setting-up and managing emergency shelters, providing care to individuals with non-serious injuries, and facilitating patient transfers.

If you are interested in learning more about the Mount Prospect MRC contact Julie Kane at or call (847) 870-5680.