IDHRC, Citizen Corps & CERT

The Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council (IDHRC) brings together faith-based, voluntary and government organizations active in disaster services to foster a more effective response and recovery for the people of Iowa in times of disaster. The IDHRC is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, Charitable Organization and is a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).

The IDHRC was established by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2001 at the request of the Iowa Emergency Management Association. The IDHRC is Iowa’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and also serves as the state’s Citizen Corps Council.

IDHRC Mission

Coordinate a holistic approach to disaster recovery by maximizing public and private resources, thereby providing an efficient system that can address immediate and long-term physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of impacted citizens.


Visit the IDHRC website. Contact the IDHRC by email if you would like more information.

Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps councils help drive local participation by coordinating Citizen Corps programs, developing community action plans, assessing possible threats and identifying local resources.

Programs under the Citizen Corps umbrella include:

Visit the Citizen Corps website for additional information. CERT is the only program that the IDHRC coordinates in Iowa.

IDHRC, Citizen Corps, CERT logos on top of hands stacked for teamwork huddle


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains people in neighborhoods, the workplace, and schools in basic disaster response skills such as basic fire suppression and first aid. CERT members become an important part of a community’s emergency response team in the aftermath of a major disaster, when emergency services may not be immediately available to every neighborhood.