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In seeking opportunities to promote community awareness and service, the mission of CORE is to promote the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor and to provide the highest quality emergency and disaster prevention, preparedness and response training.
Since its inception in 1990, the CORE program has provided free, community-based training to more than 18,000 residents. Early in its history, CORE became a model for community and city-wide collaboration, and was among the first community emergency response team curriculums developed. CORE set a new standard for emergency preparedness and residential hazard reduction and earned the Outstanding Services Award from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in 1991.
In 2004, the Oakland City Council awarded CORE a commendation for outstanding service to the Oakland community. In addition the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company recognized CORE for its contribution to Making Oakland Safe.