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FEMA Honors Achievements in Community Preparedness

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August 24, 2016
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2016 Individual and Community Preparedness Award Winners Announced

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today the winners of the 2016 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.

“We are more prepared for disasters when everyone in the community works together,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “FEMA is proud to honor individuals and organizations who are building communities that are more prepared for emergencies through creativity, innovation and collaboration.”

This year’s award recipients developed innovative practices and programs that contributed to making communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient.

The 11 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award recipients will be recognized on September 13, 2016 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 Inclusive Initiatives in Emergency Management:Notify NYC (New York)
  • America’s PrepareAthon! in Action: Serenity Hospice (Texas)
  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award: Delaware State Citizen Corps Council
  • Community Preparedness Champions Award: Jamie D. Aten, Ph.D.
  • Awareness to Action Award: The HALTER Project (California) and Jenny Novak of California State University, Northridge Emergency Management
  • Technological Innovation Award: SUNRNR of Virginia, Inc.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness Award: Mart High School Teen CERT (Texas)
  • Sixth Annual Recipient of the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award: San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (California)
  • Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives Award: CaliforniaVolunteers
  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program Award: Burleigh County Snowmobile Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (North Dakota)


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




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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 12:03