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FEMA applauds local achievement in community resilience

During the 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness FEMA presented the first National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards
FEMA presented the first National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards during NCCP 2009
First national Citizen Corps Achievement Awards presented 

On August 11th at the 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the winners of the first National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards. Administered by FEMA and implemented locally, Citizen Corps is the grassroots movement to actively engage civic leaders and the public in community safety and disaster preparedness.

Presented in eight categories, these awards recognize innovative practices and achievements of Citizen Corps Councils across the nation to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. With over 2,400 registered Citizen Corps Councils nationwide, these award winners exemplify excellence in community emergency planning, foster successful public-private partnerships, prioritize collaboration, demonstrate creative and innovative local problem solving, and implement sound programs that can be modeled for use by other communities.

Highlighting the contributions these communities are making to support emergency management efforts, the awards were presented by representatives of all levels of emergency management, FEMA Deputy Administrator Tim Manning, National Emergency Management Association Incoming President David Maxwell, and International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) President Russ Decker.

The award winners by category are as follows:

  • Outstanding State/Territory Citizen Corps Initiatives Award: New Jersey State Citizen Corps Council
  • Outstanding Tribal Citizen Corps Council Award: United Tribes Technical College Citizen Corps Council (ND)
  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award Serving a Population Under 1.5 million: Denton County Citizen Corps Council (TX)
  • Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award Serving a Population Over 1.5 million: Sacramento Region Citizen Corps Council (CA)
  • Collaborative Preparedness Planning Award: Cottonwood Heights Citizen Corps (UT)
  • Preparing the Public Award: Farmington Hills / Farmington Citizen Corps Council (MI)
  • Preparing Community Organizations Award: Duval County / Jacksonville Citizen Corps (FL)
  • Volunteer Integration Award: Harris County Citizen Corps Council (TX)

A complete list including category descriptions and finalists is available here.

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