DENVER, Co. -- This week the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VIII congratulated two of it"s communities as winners of the first National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards. The United Tribes Technical College Citizen Corps Council in North Dakota was awarded the Outstanding Tribal Citizen Corps Council Award and the Collaborative Preparedness Planning Award went to Cottonwood Heights Citizen Corps of Utah. Administered by FEMA and implemented locally, Citizen Corps is the grassroots movement to actively engage civic leaders and the public in community safety and disaster preparedness.
"Region VIII is proud to have two award recipients be recognized for their incredible efforts. This highlights the significant impact of collaborative planning to create more resilient communities," said Tim Deal, FEMA Region VIII federal preparedness coordinator.
Presented in eight categories, these awards recognize innovative practices and achievements of Citizen Corps Councils across the nation to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. With nearly 2,400 registered Citizen Corps Councils nationwide, these award winners exemplify excellence in community emergency planning, foster successful public-private partnerships, prioritize collaboration, demonstrate creative and innovative local problem solving, and implement sound programs that can be modeled for use by other communities.
A complete list including category descriptions and finalists is available at www.citizencorps.gov/news/awards.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.