2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

FEMA’s 2013 awards for individual and community preparedness recognize those who have taken action to prepare their communities. Nearly 200 entries highlighted the accomplishments from January 1 to June 5, 2013 by various faith-based, non-profit, private sector, community-based organizations, and individuals. A complete list of the 2013 award winners and honorable mentions is available at http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps-awards. Congratulations to the 2013 award winners in each category.

Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives

Illinois Citizen Corps

Illinois launched a year-long, statewide, grassroots initiative engaging residents and organizations in the Illinois Homeland Security Vision 2020 to improve community preparedness throughout the state. One of the notable accomplishments of the initiative will enable the City of Springfield to implement a text alert service to provide critical emergency information to residents.

Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives

Heart of Texas Citizen Corps

Award winner, The Heart of Texas Citizen Corps Council, encompassing ten volunteer Citizen Corps teams was honored for its massive response and assistance with incident response to the West Texas fertilizer plant explosion April 17, 2013.

Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives

City of Austin CERT

When a 2012 survey found that residents in the city of Austin were not well prepared for emergencies, the City of Austin CERT developed six new partnerships, enhanced its program, and addressed gaps to ensure an exemplary preparedness program.

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness

Texas School Safety Center

Through a state-wide summer camp program, youth are trained in emergency response, community-specific action planning, and leadership development. The camp educates youth to lead efforts in their local communities and schools.

Community Preparedness Heroes

Volunteers of the Hoboken CERT Program

Volunteers of the Hoboken CERT Program were honored for their invaluable assistance in response to Hurricane Sandy.

Awareness to Action

What To Do To Make It Through Campaign

The What To Do To Make It Through campaign raised awareness and encouraged disaster preparations through making a plan, building a kit, gathering supplies, and helping each other.

Third Annual Recipient of the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award

The Los Angeles Fire Department South Los Angeles Teen CERT Collaborative

The Los Angeles Fire Department South Los Angeles Teen CERT Collaborative received the 2013 whole community preparedness award for providing training in basic disaster preparation and response to local teens.