FEMA has announced the winners of the 2015
Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, recognizing the outstanding
efforts of individuals, programs, and organizations throughout the country
working to prepare their communities for emergencies. These awards highlight innovative practices
and campaigns that have made outstanding contributions toward making
communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient. This year, FEMA asked
applicants to highlight accomplishments that took place between January 1, 2014
and April 10, 2015.
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
The 11 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
A complete list of the recipients and the
honorable mentions for each category is available at: http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards.
Award recipients by category are as
Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award: Ready New York, NYC Citizen Corps, NYC Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT)
Community Preparedness Heroes Award: Craig Wolfe and Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning
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
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
Excellence in Volunteer Sustainability Award: City of Irvine Community Emergency Response Team (California)
Congratulations to all the award recipients
and honorable mentions! You continue to make your communities and the Nation
On April 30, 2015, the City of Orlando, Florida was the
first community in the State to host a year-round hazards campaign in
collaboration with Americas PrepareAthon! to prepare the community for
hurricanes, lightning, wildfires, and tornadoes.
The campaign, launched with widespread support from
community partners including the National Weather Service, the American Red
Cross, and Orlandos Office of Emergency Management.
The City of Orlando hosts events and drills throughout
the campaign to prepare the community. During events, participants learn how to
build disaster supply kits, make emergency evacuation plans, and download
preparedness mobile applications.
Learn more about Orlandos
PrepareAthon! by visiting the new Stories page on the
Americas PrepareAthon! website.
ready for Week 2 (September 6 12) of National
Preparedness Month (NPM), which highlights hazard-focused themes to
encourage you to prepare. Wildfire is the hazard-focused theme for Week 2 of
NPM. These fires can occur anywhere and destroy homes, businesses, natural
resources, and agriculture. In fact, several states in the Northwest have
recently experienced devastating wildfires, sparking evacuation orders for
thousands of people.
If a wildfire threatens your community,
the best action to protect yourself and your property is to evacuate.
Evacuation orders vary by state and may range from voluntary to mandatory. When
authorities issue a mandatory evacuation notice, leave the area immediately to
avoid being trapped.
There are also some
things you can do to make your home or business more resistant to catching fire
and burning. The How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide
PrepareAthon! outlines the following steps, including:
- Create a defensible
space (free of leaves, debris, and other flammable material) of up to 200
feet from your home or business;
- Use fire-resistant
materials for landscaping and construction; and
- Maintain sources of
water such as swimming pools, wells, ponds, and hydrants to ensure they
are accessible to the fire department.
Download the 2015
National Preparedness Month Social Media Toolkit from the Ready
Campaign and Americas PrepareAthon! to share preparedness and safety messages
with family and friends.
Preparedness Month! If youre looking
for preparedness activities in which to participate, here are a few that may be
MD Prepares Twitter Chat
Join the #MDPrepares
Twitter chat on Wednesday, September 9 from 1PM 2PM Eastern Time to get
preparedness ideas from emergency managers, state and local government
agencies, and community members from around the country. The goal of the Twitter chat is to:
- Raise awareness about preparedness;
- Provide the benefits of
participating in Americas PrepareAthon! and being prepared overall for
communities to plan their own preparedness event and to add
it to the Americas PrepareAthon! website.
This chat is hosted by the Maryland Emergency Management
Agency. Follow @mdmema and use the hashtag
#MDPrepares to join the conversation.
Local Partnerships Between the American Red Cross and CERT
Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) serve communities
throughout the United States in a variety of ways before, during, and after
emergencies. But while both programs accomplish a great deal individually, they
can do even more when they work together. As partners, CERT and American Red
Cross programs and volunteers can work to advance their mutual goals of
increasing the preparedness and resilience of local neighborhoods and
communities and offering vital assistance and support in the aftermath of
The FEMA Individual and Community
Preparedness Division invites you to join a webinar that showcases successful partnerships
between local American Red Cross regions and
CERT programs. Three sets of American Red Cross and CERT programs serving three
unique jurisdictions will discuss how they are
working together to make their communities safer, stronger, and more resilient.
Presenters will share how they established their partnerships, what lessons
they learned from the experience, and how their collaboration benefitted their
programs and communities. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer
Title: Local Partnerships Between the American Red
Cross and CERT
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will feature American
Red Cross and CERT guest speakers from the following jurisdictions:
- Denver, CO
How to Join the Webinar:
We hope that
you can join us on September 9! If you cant make it, we will post the
recording, transcript, and slide deck of the presentation on this page, under
Citizen Corps Partners/Affiliates: http://www.ready.gov/preparedness-leader/webinar-library. You can also view our most recent webinar on
including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs
in CERT training at: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/p1onuoh5wic/.
Get Weather Ready Preparedness Challenge
How do you prepare for emergencies?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
wants you to take the Lets Get Weather Ready Preparedness Challenge to show
what you, your family, or your organization has done to become weather-ready.
- Submit no more than three (3) photos with a
caption, 50 words or less.
must be received from September 1, 2015 September 21, 2015.
entries must be original work.
material may be entered, as long as the submission includes the date and
publication it was published.
possibly others) to profile on social media feeds reaching millions!
NOAA will select the best entries from each of the four
categories listed below and profile them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram:
For official rules, visit the National Weather Service website.
On September 12, 2015, the State of Utah will host
Annual Utah Prepare Conference and Expo. This conference is Utahs
official Americas PrepareAthon! event
Thousands of people are expected to attend the conference
featuring more than 30 emergency preparedness workshops, including water
purification, powerless cooking, emergency fuel storage, and emergency communications.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to complete family disaster plans and
participate in other hands-on activities.
This conference is organized by the Utah Division of
Emergency Management's Be Ready Utah
program, the Utah State University Extension Service, Brigham Young University,
the American Red Cross, and Salt Lake County Emergency Services.
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