Official website for the City of Aurora, Illinois. Mayor Robert J. O'Connor

Get Involved

The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is looking for caring and dedicated individuals that wish to serve their fellow man and community. We are always looking for good people with open minds and big hearts that want to serve as an Aurora Emergency Management Agency Volunteer in the Emergency Volunteer Services.

What you provide:

You provide the agency with your time and energy to learn and train to become an Emergency Volunteer.

What the Aurora Emergency Management Agency provides:

The Aurora Emergency Management Agency provides you with training, safety equipment, uniform shirts and pants along with a team atmosphere that cares about its members.


The Emergency Management Agency is housed within the Aurora Police Department. Because of this, each of our volunteers must successfully complete a Police background check. Applicants must be fingerprinted and are asked to sign a waiver giving the background unit approval to run a criminal history check.

Volunteers represent the Office of Emergency Management and the City of Aurora and when acting in that capacity are bound by a code of conduct. The Office of Emergency Management reserves the right to dismiss individuals who have violated that code or for other reasons are not able to fulfill their responsibilities as a volunteer.

How to Volunteer:

Fill out the volunteer application. You will be contacted by the Emergency Management Agency Coordinator for your next steps.

If you have questions, contact the EMA office at

Volunteer Opportunities

CERT Training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a program that has been proven to be extremely beneficial for all communities. CERT teaches you what you need to do before, during and after a disaster so you are better able to take care of yourself, your family and your neighbors. It has been used nationwide and can be just as beneficial here. During CERT Training you will learn basic first aid, light rescue techniques, fire behavior, use a fire extinguisher and terrorism.

The Aurora CERT Team: Individuals that complete CERT Training can apply to become a member of the Aurora Cert Team. The team receives additional training and provide support for parades, RiverEdge Park events and available to assist during emergencies. This team trains monthly to stay current in their skills. There are 4 different training class series from which you can choose. They are mainly on different days to accommodate schedules as much as possible. You only need to complete one series, but you must attend all the classes in a series.

Following are the 2017 dates:

  • Class 1: 6 Mondays: May 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12, & 19 from 6:30-9:30 pm
    and Saturday, June 24 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Class 2: 6 Thursdays: July 13, 27, August 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 6:30-9:30 pm
    and Saturday, August 26 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Class 3: 2 Fridays: September 15 & 22 from 6:30-9:30 pm
    and Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24 from 8:00 am-6:00 pm***Please note that Class 3, Saturday and Sunday times are different from the other weekend training times.***
  • Class 4: 6 Tuesdays: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 6:30-9:30 pm
    and Saturday, October 28 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm


City of Aurora Emergency Management building 1100 Mitchell Road, Aurora, Illinois


These classes are open to adults and teenagers. Teens 16 to 17 years of age may attend with an adult or with a signed release form from a parent. Teens 14 to 15 may only attend with a parent or guardian. *Priority will be given to Aurora residents first.


There is no cost to students.


Emergency Volunteer Service

The Emergency Volunteer Service volunteers provide vital support to the Office of Emergency Management. This team provides support to the Aurora Police Department by providing traffic control and scene lighting for vehicle accidents and investigation scenes. Scene lighting is provided for the fire department when requested and supporting the fire department as requested. Maintaining and operation of the Emergency Management Command Support trailer is an important function for the Emergency Management Agency Volunteers. There is also a patrol division that provides patrol on weekend evenings adding additional sets of eyes supporting the police department.

Ground Search and Rescue

The Ground Search and Rescue Team has received specialized training to provide search and rescue for missing persons and/ or evidence in the City of Aurora and other jurisdictions when requested. This team trains monthly.

Weather Team

The Weather Team provides coverage for the Aurora Weather Center during watches and warnings that impact the City of Aurora. In some cases weather spotters will be placed to watch for severe weather that may be approaching the city. Team members are requested to attend Storm Spotter classes that are provided by the National Weather Service.

Communications/HAM operators

The Communications Team manages and operates the HAM radios and other radios located in the City of Aurora Communications Room. This team supports the Weather Team during activations of the Weather Team during activations and assist in supporting communications during times of emergency. Members of this team are required to have a Basic Ham Radio License.