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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson 630-407-6015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Emergency Response Teams Test Skills In Training

Serve DuPage highlights the dedicated volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Teams who recently participated in a friendly competition designed to test their emergency response skills.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management hosted the sixth annual Prairie State Community Emergency Response Team Challenge at the College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center.

On October 3rd, four teams from DuPage County participated in this year’s event, including volunteers from Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville and Milton Township. All participants are part of the Illinois Citizens Corps program.

The competition tested a variety of skills, explained Michelle Hanneken, program manager of Illinois Citizen Corps.  She said, “Some of the response skills tested included ability to triage, treat and transport injured people, search and free victims trapped in debris, and gather information about disaster sites.”

Across Illinois, 84 jurisdictions have active Citizen Corps Councils, which oversee all homeland security-related volunteer programs in their communities. 

“Volunteers play an integral role in their communities before, during, and after a disaster. They can help to improve the safety of our community by participating in training opportunities to sharpen their skills,” said DuPage County Board member Sean Noonan, chairman of the DuPage County Board’s Intergovernmental Committee.  

View of video of the Prairie State Community Emergency Response Team Challenge held at COD at

For more information about the Citizen Corps and CERT, visit