FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 23, 2013
OEM ACCEPTS TWO NATIONAL AWARDS FOR ITS PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS
Citizen Corps Council and Partners in Preparedness programs receive FEMA awards for ‘Innovative Practices and Achievements’ in 2012
September 23, 2013 —Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno today announced that the New York City Office of Emergency Management accepted two awards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its preparedness programs, New York City Citizen Corps Council and Partners in Preparedness. The awards were announced at the White House by Paulette Aniskoff, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. OEM’s Director for Public Private Initiatives, Ira Tannenbaum, was also honored as a “Champion of Change for Community Preparedness and Resilience” for his work in preparing New York City’s businesses and organizations for emergencies and helping them respond and recover. FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Awards recognize the innovative practices and achievements of individuals, Citizen Corps Councils, and non-profit, faith-based, and private sector organizations that work throughout the nation to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any disaster or emergency event. The Citizen Corps received its award for 2012 “Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives,” and the Partners in Preparedness received its award in “Promising Partnerships.”
“We are honored that the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue to recognize OEM’s exceptional staff and groundbreaking preparedness efforts in the public, private, and government sectors,” said Commissioner Bruno. “I am proud that Ira Tannenbaum’s tireless efforts to help organizations better prepare their employees, services, and facilities for disasters have received such a high honor.
Launched in 2011, the Partners in Preparedness program engages companies, governmental entities, and not-for-profit organizations and asks them to pledge to better prepare their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies and potential disasters. More than 125 private sector businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits serve as official 2013 Partners in Preparedness after the organizations completed at least five activities that help promote personal and family preparedness. These activities can include encouraging co-workers and volunteers to register for Notify NYC (the City’s free, real-time emergency notification system), distributing and testing an emergency contact plan, and distributing OEM’s weekly preparedness messages via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
The NYC Citizen Corps Council is part of the national Citizen Corps initiative to bring together local leaders from community organizations, government, the private sector, and volunteer programs. The Council promotes grassroots emergency preparedness and volunteerism and helps enable New Yorkers to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Over the past year the Council engaged New Yorkers and volunteers in many different ways providing training and programming for nonprofit and community organizations.
Ira Tannenbaum, the Director of Public/Private Initiatives who oversees the development of the Partners in Preparedness Program, was honored as a “Champion of Change” for his work to increase private sector participation in emergency preparedness efforts. The Champion of Change award recognizes those who are preparing communities for disasters and helping them respond and recover, bringing members of the whole community together – private businesses, local government, community and faith-based organizations, and individual citizens – to make a difference. Last year, OEM’s Director of Community Outreach Herman Schaffer was honored as a “Champion of Change” for his innovative work engaging the community in preparedness through the NYC Citizen Corps Council, part of the national Citizen Corps initiative to bring together local leaders from community organizations, government, the private sector, and volunteer programs. The Council promotes grassroots emergency preparedness and volunteerism and helps enable New Yorkers to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
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