Outstanding Individuals and Organizations to Receive Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

FEMA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. These Awards recognize the innovative practices and achievements of individuals, Citizen Corps Councils, and non-profit, faith-based, and private sector organizations working throughout the nation to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage any disaster or emergency event.

Applications were received from 38 States, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Each application reflected a wide array of activities, partnerships, and achievements, and demonstrated how much can be accomplished when the potential of the Whole Community is harnessed.

The 2012 Award recipients are working in the areas of youth preparedness, implementing technology advances to promote preparedness and sustainability, training, bringing together disparate entities to advance the mission of preparedness and much, much more. Because of their efforts thousands of people across the nation are more prepared, and are working themselves to make their community more resilient.

Please read about the great work our recipients are doing.

FEMA would like to congratulate the 2012 awardees in the following categories:

Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives: Texas Citizen Corps (TX)

Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives: New York City Citizen Corps Council (NY)

Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives: CERT Program and Volunteers, City of Newport Beach (CA)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness: Chinatown Community Development Center (CA)

Preparing the Whole Community: American Red Cross Gateway to the Golden State (CA)

Promising Partnerships: Partners in Preparedness (NY)

Awareness to Action: American Red Cross of the Poconos (PA)

Innovative Use of Technology: North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication (ND)

Volunteer Integration: West Pierce County Fire and Rescue CERT Program (WA)

Community Preparedness Heroes: Michael Parker (CA), Mohamed Ali (WA), Scott Ellis (NJ)

Additionally, a recipient was chosen for the Second Annual John D. Solomon Preparedness Award, named for the late creator of the groundbreaking blog, In Case of Emergency, Read Blog: A Citizen’s Eye View Of Public Preparedness:

Second Annual Recipient of the John D. Solomon Preparedness Award: Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) (FL)

The award winners were selected by a panel of leaders representing the Whole Community, including the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Target, the American Red Cross and FEMA.

All winners will be invited, as FEMA’s honored guests, to a community roundtable event in Washington, D.C.

For a description of the award categories, please see the Application Guide.

More Information: 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Award Recipients Announced »

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