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May 27, 2014

RE: FEMA Calls for 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Applications

Dear Mayor

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened the application period for the 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. The Submission Deadline is Friday, May 30, 2014.

These awards are intended to highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared, and more resilient.

To be considered for this year’s awards, all applications must be sent to by May 30, 2014 at 11:59 P.M. E.T. and must feature program activities taking place between January 1, 2013 and May 30, 2014. FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists.  A distinguished panel of representatives from the emergency management community will select winners in each of the following categories:

•Outstanding State Citizen Corps Initiatives
•Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Initiatives
•Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives
•Community Preparedness Heroes
•Outstanding Youth Preparedness Initiatives
•Awareness to Action
•Survivor Empowerment and Integration
•Technological Innovation
•Preparing the Whole Community

Winners will be announced in Fall, 2014, and will be FEMA’s honored guests at a community preparedness roundtable event. The winner of the Preparing the Whole Community category will receive the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award.

Emergency management is most effective when the whole community is engaged and involved. Faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, the private sector, tribal organizations, youth, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and other individual citizens can all make a difference in their communities before, during, and after disasters. Acknowledge the work you or someone you know has done to build a more resilient nation and apply TODAY!

How to Apply

For more information about the awards and instructions on submitting an application, please visit You should review the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application and Guidance Form before completing and submitting your application and supporting materials. This will help facilitate consistency in the application and selection process and provide a few points to keep in mind when preparing your submission.

If you have questions regarding the awards and application process, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet at the link. If you cannot find the answer to your question in the FAQ, please submit any inquiries to

Remember that the deadline to submit applications to  is Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11:59 P.M. E.T. Please make sure to include “2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award Application” in the subject line.

Good luck.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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