Posted by: Paulette Aniskoff, Director, Individual and Community Preparedness Division
Last month, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Special Assistant to the President on Homeland Security Richard Reed, and FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino recognized seventeen local leaders who have spearheaded creative and effective community preparedness projects. Their local efforts involve the whole community and contribute to building a more resilient nation. The honorees, selected as recipients of this year’s Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, were also recognized as White House Champions of Change.
At a White House event honoring these champions, more than 150 attendees listened as these leaders shared their experiences, ideas, and solutions, as well as their advice for how other citizens and organizations can emulate their success and make their communities stronger and more prepared for disasters. Over 4500 participants watched the event live online. A video of this impressive event can be viewed on YouTube. Deputy Administrator Serino later blogged about the event.
In case you missed it, we wanted to share some of the great photos from the event with all of you! In addition to the White House ceremony, the winners also enjoyed a Roundtable Discussion with Deputy Administrator Tim Manning, tours of the United States Capitol and the East Wing of the White House, and a reception on the Hill hosted by Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-09), Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee.
We felt honored to be in the presence of individuals so dedicated to the mission of engaging the whole community in emergency preparedness and response, including some who serve as unpaid volunteers. We look forward to seeing submissions for next year’s awards!