The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the winners of
the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, recognizing
innovative local practices and achievements by honoring individuals,
organizations, and jurisdictions that have made outstanding contributions toward
strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a
the 2017 Awards Press Release.
Award recipients by category
Citizen Corps Council: Connecticut Citizen Corps Council
- Community Preparedness Champions: Rosalind Roz McKelvey and Cindi Barker
- Awareness to Action: Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for
- Technological Innovation: Single Automated Business
Exchange for Reporting (SABER)
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness: MyPI
National (short for My Preparedness Initiative)
- John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness: Blue Lake
Rancheria Tribe of California
- Outstanding Private Sector Initiative: William Bracken
- Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Initiatives: Long Beach Fire Department CERT
- Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program: Arlington
Christian Disaster Network
- Prepareathon in Action: Prep Step Campaign from Save
complete list of the recipients and the honorable mentions for each category is
available at https://www.ready.gov/awards.
Congratulations to all the award recipients and honorable mentions! You
continue to make your communities and the Nation proud!
Thank you to all of the generous
individuals who donated their time, money, and supplies to people affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
If you still want to help, whether
through financial donation or personal volunteerism, make sure you do so
Cash is the most efficient method of donating.Financial contributions to
recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and
most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items
and quantities are needed. They often buy in bulk with discounts and, if
possible, purchase through area businesses, which supports economic recovery. To make
a cash donation directly to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, visit www.unitedforpuertorico.com.You
may also make financial donations to a National VOAD member organization
to help voluntary or charitable organizations continue to provide services to
Hurricane Maria survivors.
Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly
confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm
delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden
local organizations ability to meet survivors confirmed needs, drawing away
valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in
the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate
volunteer safety, training, and housing.
Donate through a trusted organization.Find trusted
national and state level agencies to donate or volunteer from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Do not
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is currently seeking talented and hard-working
people to help support the response and recovery.
If you need help in determining where and how
to give, theNational Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website
has a list ofmajor
non-profits active in disaster work. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/volunteer-donate-responsibly and Three
Ways to Help After Hurricane Maria.
October isNational Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which raises
awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. This annual campaign engages
and educates public and private sector partners through events and initiatives,
provides tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increases the
resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.
The 2017 NCSAM theme is Our Shared Responsibility and each week
has a focus:
- Week 1 (October 2 6): Simple Steps to Online Safety - provide
simple steps to protect against top consumer cybersecurity concerns, and help
the public understand what to do if they fall victim to cybercrime.
Week 2 (October 9 13): Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyones
Business showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats and strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use
of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.
- Week 3 (October 16 20): Todays Predictions for Tomorrows Internet
- remind citizens that their sensitive, personal information is the fuel that
makes smart devices work. It is critical to understand how to use these
cutting-edge innovations in safe and secure ways.
- Week 4 (October 23 27): The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in
Cybersecurity - encourage students and other job seekers to explore
- Week 5 (October 30-31): Protecting Critical Infrastructure from
Cyber Threats - look at cybersecurity in relation to keeping our traffic
lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure.
The Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit provides
resources to help you stay safe online and host your own cyber event. Materials
include ready-made cyber presentations, tip cards, and more.
To show your support, register
as a NCSAM Champion it is free! You can
also use the hashtag #CyberAware both before and during the month of October
to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness through social
media.You may find
additional cybersecurity information at www.stopthinkconnect.org.
Earthquakes can happen where
we work, live, or travel.Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drillsare an opportunity for
everyone, everywhere, to practice earthquake safety and other aspects of
emergency plans.Once again, The Federal Emergency Management Agency is partnering with ShakeOut to encourage
everyone to take action and register their participation withPrepareathon.
The 2017 International
ShakeOut day is October 19, when millions of people worldwide will hold
earthquake drillsin schools, organizations, communities, and households
at 10:19 a.m. local time. VisitShakeOut.orgtoregister your participation, find
resources, and learn more.
You can also support on
social media by participating in the ShakeOut Thunderclap on October 19 at
12:00 p.m. ET. To join, go to theShakeOut Thunderclapand agree to post a
one-time message on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr promoting the earthquake
To learn more about
earthquake safety,watch the When the Earth Shakes videofrom
Prepareathon, go to Ready.gov, and visit the Prepareathon Earthquake page.
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