Posted by: Paulette Aniskoff, Director, Individual and Community Preparedness Division
Family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors are vital partners in helping communities across the country to respond to and recover from disasters. More often than not, it is these individuals who are the first on the scene, providing assistance and supporting the efforts of emergency responders. Thousands of Citizen Corps councils and partner programs throughout the nation empower the public to take action in making their communities safer and better prepared to respond to disaster, whether natural or manmade, by offering a wide array of education, training, and volunteer service opportunities.
To highlight the innovative practices and achievements of these too-often unsung heroes, FEMA is now accepting applications for the 2011 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. The awards showcase the great work being done by individuals, families, and local communities, FEMA’s partners at the state, territorial, local, and tribal levels, and non-governmental organizations in the non-profit, faith-based, and private sector communities.
Submissions should emphasize achievements taking place between January 1, 2010 and June 1, 2011, and can feature examples of any outstanding achievements in individual and community preparedness worthy of recognition. The deadline for submitting an application is August 26, 11:59 p.m. E.D.T.
Winners will be announced in September during National Preparedness Month, and will be honored guests at a community preparedness roundtable event in Washington, D.C. One winner will be selected to attend the 2011 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference in Las Vegas, NV, and to participate as a guest on FEMA’s panel on community preparedness.
Download the instructions and guidelines before submitting an application. Remember, entries must be received by August 26, 11:59 p.m. E.D.T.
We look forward to reading about all of the excellent work being done across the nation!