Preparedness & Recovery

FEMA Announces Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Recipients

The 30 recipients are recognized for their efforts to increase preparedness at the local level.

by News Staff / May 13, 2013
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FEMA announced on May 7 the selection of 30 recipients to receive funding under its Community Resilience Innovation Challenge program, which focuses on building resilience at the local level.

According to the agency, “This year’s award recipients are recognized for programs designed to continue to move community preparedness forward, and assist local areas in building and revitalizing community-based partnerships to advance the nation’s resilience to disasters.”

FEMA reported that more than 1,900 applications were received for the challenge, which was open to local, state and tribal agencies and governments, as well as businesses, associations and organizations.

“The goal of this effort is to further empower communities to collaborate and develop innovative approaches to effectively respond to disasters,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in a statement.

The program is funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation.

The Community Resilience Innovation Challenge award recipients are:

FEMA Region 1

Collaborating for Cape Cods Coastal Resiliency
Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation – Waquoit, Mass.

Regional Flooding Risk Assessment and Community Rating System Feasibility Study
Greater Bridgeport Regional Council – Bridgeport, Conn.

FEMA Region 2

Call 2 Action Campaign
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance – Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Comprehensive Community Needs Follow Up and Outreach
Schoharie Area Long Term, Inc. – Schoharie, N.Y.

Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County – Canandaigua, N.Y.

Lake George Water Quality Awareness Committees for Community Resilience
The Fund for Lake George – Lake George, N.Y.

FEMA Region 3

Community Resilience Following a Nuclear Detonation in Washington, D.C.
Community Emergency Response Network (CERN) – Laurel, Md.

Community Resilience through Maximizing Local Supply Chain Capacity
Arlington Office of Emergency Management – Arlington, Va.

Dynamic Decision Support for Managing Regional Resources
Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, Pa.

FEMA Region 4

Purchase of Garden Area and Cannery
Harvest of the Heart Garden, Inc. – Madison, Ga.

A Network of Emergency Power in Seymour
Volunteer Fire Department of Seymour – Seymour, Tenn.

FEMA Region 5

Countywide Faith Based Community Response
Williamson County Emergency Management Agency – Marion, Ill.

Trenton Police/Emergency Management Service – Trenton, Ill.

Comprehensive Community Emergency Notification Plan
Indiana Emergency Notification Committee –Monticello, Ind.

Disaster Preparedness:  Surviving Disasters Despite Communication Barriers and Breakdowns Wisconsin Association of the Deaf – Delavan, Wis.

FEMA Region 6

Safe Harbor Master Plan for Vermillion Bay, Louisiana
Louisiana Sea Grant – Baton Rouge, La.

Greater New Orleans Resiliency Resource Guide
Greater New Orleans Development Foundation – New Orleans

FEMA Region 7

Salvation Army Communications Vehicle
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network – Kansas City, Mo.

Risk Watch Program
Tama County Emergency Management Agency – Toledo, Iowa

Services Expansion
Delaware County Disaster Recovery Committee – Manchester, Iowa

Faith Based Planning and Preparedness Initiative
St. Charles County Community Organizations Active in Disaster for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service – St. Charles, Mo.

FEMA Region 8

Lightning Location and Analysis System
Crystal Park Homeowners Association – Manitou Springs, Colo.

Situation Awareness Environment and Knowledge Exchange Portal
Western Cyber Exchange, Rocky Mountain (WCX) – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Teton County Emergency Response Support Team
Teton County – Choteau, Mont.

FEMA Region 9

Special Needs Population and Home Bound patients Registry
American Samoa Department of Health – Pago Pago, American Samoa

Roadmap to Preparedness
United Policyholders – San Francisco, Calif.

Tribal Emergency Response Crossing Boarders Coordination Project
Smith River Rancheria – Smith River, Calif.

Hawaii Emergency Preparedness System of Support
University of Hawaii, Office of Research Services – Honolulu, Hawaii

FEMA Region 10

Radio in a Box
KRBD Community Radio - Rainbird Community Broadcast – Ketchikan, Ark.

Emergency Hubs at P-Patch Community Gardens
Seattle Office of Emergency Management – Seattle, Wash.