Individual and Community Preparedness Award

Authors: Michelle Medley-Daniel

screen shot for 9.23 blogEarlier this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the winners of the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. We’re excited to share that among the recipients was one of the FAC Learning Network hubs, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP).  CUSP was recognized as one of two “Community Preparedness Heroes” based on their outstanding cross-disciplinary environmental work, including their post-fire flooding recovery efforts following the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire.

Jonathan Bruno, chief operating officer for CUSP, shared the following thoughts in his recent blog post for the Community Preparedness Champions of Change.

 “Everyone is impacted by the way our natural resources are used, as well as how they are protected. From the river I swam in as a young boy in Vermont to the watershed I now work to enhance, protection of these resources starts with the local community. That includes property owners, local officials, land managers, and people like me who want to ensure safe and healthy communities. Wildfire issues, as well as many other environmental and societal challenges, are far too large to be solved by a single individual, office, or agency. We must be willing to accept that global problems are problems for all of us, and that solutions are possible when – and only when – we address these issues together.”

FEMA gave 11 awards to recipients for their “outstanding efforts… working to prepare their communities for emergencies.” They received over 230 nominations for the awards. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate described this year’s honorees as individuals and organizations that approach emergency management with “teamwork, community engagement and innovation.”

More information about the award recipients is available at www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards. You can nominate a “Champion of Change” by visiting this link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/nominate