The following memo was distributed to All FEMA Employees from FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate on February 21, 2013.
SUBJECT: Call for Nominations: White House Champions of Change
Across the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary, innovative things in their communities to respond to and recover from this disaster. By partnering with the whole community, we, as a team, are better positioned to meet the unique needs of communities and neighborhoods across America.
The White House is hosting a Champions of Change event on April 24, 2013 to recognize outstanding leaders and hidden heroes that contributed to the ongoing response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy. FEMA is requesting your assistance to provide nominations of individuals, community leaders, neighborhood groups, small businesses, academia, and others who identified local issues or problems and delivered unique solutions to rebuild communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA recognizes that the best solutions to the issues we face are generated by the people and the communities who are closest to the challenges of disaster response and recovery. As a community, we must highlight these creative solutions and continue a survivor centric approach to emergency management at all levels of response and recovery. Individuals wishing to submit a nomination must complete the attached form and return it by Wednesday, March 6. You may nominate individuals, groups or organizations for their work related to Hurricane Sandy. We encourage nominations from leadership and staff alike.
Once the nomination period has closed, a panel of FEMA leaders from headquarters, the impacted regions, and the Hurricane Sandy Joint Field Offices will evaluate and select twenty finalists. The finalists will then be submitted to the White House for consideration. Final selections will be made by the White House and announced in early April 2013 prior to the Champions of Change event.
Individuals wishing to submit a nomination must complete the form and return it by Wednesday, March 6. To submit a nomination, please e-mail the form to FEMA-Sandy-Champions@fema.dhs.gov with the subject line “WH Champions of Change.”
For more information on Champions of Change, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.