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FEMA Honors Achievements in Community Preparedness

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September 3, 2015
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WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced the winners of the 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, recognizing the outstanding efforts of individuals, programs, and organizations throughout the country working to prepare their communities for emergencies.

“Effective emergency management requires commitment, teamwork, and engagement by the entire community before disasters occur,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “I congratulate the individuals and organizations that embody these ideals. Through their hard work and dedication, they are making our nation stronger and safer.”

The winners developed innovative practices and campaigns in 2014 that have made outstanding contributions toward making communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient. For example:

  • The Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee members are role models in their communities by developing and implementing comprehensive emergency response plans and activities to assure resilience and preparedness throughout western Massachusetts.
  • The City of Henderson (Nevada) Office of Emergency Management launched a comprehensive education and outreach campaign known as Get READY! Stay READY! to educate city employees and the general public about individual and family disaster preparedness. In total, the campaign reached more than 100,000 people, held more than 55 educational and outreach events, produced 12 videos, and developed a comprehensive brochure and website.
  • The Alabama Be Ready Camp provides youth with skills and knowledge to be prepared and more resilient when a disaster strikes. The five-day residential camp is for sixth grade students who are interested in learning about disaster preparedness. The Be Ready Camp curriculum and materials have been documented by FEMA Corps members, and will be available to other states and tribal governments for replication in fall 2015.

The eleven FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award recipients will be recognized on September 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. During the recognition ceremony, recipients will share their experiences, success stories, and lessons learned with fellow emergency management leaders.

This year’s winners of FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Awards are:

Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award: Ready New York, NYC Citizen Corps, NYC Community Emergency Response Team

Community Preparedness Heroes Award: Craig Wolfe (Massachusetts) and Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee Members (Massachusetts)

Awareness to Action Award: City of Henderson (Nevada) Get READY! Stay READY! Campaign

Technological Innovation Award: Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, Geographic Information System/Information Technology Working Group

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness Award: Alabama Be Ready Camp

Fifth Annual Recipients of the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award: Ready Montana Program and Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management (South Carolina)

Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives Award: Orange County, California Community Emergency Response Team Mutual Aid Program

Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program Award: New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps (Louisiana)

Excellence in Volunteer Sustainability Award: City of Irvine Community Emergency Response Team (California)

Visit for more information on this year’s award recipients and to see the honorable mentions.

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January 3, 2018 - 12:05