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News Release

September 20, 2013

Texas Organizations Receive FEMA Preparedness Awards

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety announced today that organizations in Texas received three of this year’s seven Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

The annual awards, which are announced in conjunction with National Preparedness Month in September, recognize the innovative practices and achievements of individuals, Citizen Corps Councils, and nonprofit, faith-based, and private sector organizations working throughout the nation to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage any disaster or emergency event.

“I am extremely proud of these organizations and the individuals in Texas who have been recognized nationally by FEMA for their creative initiatives to keep their communities prepared,” said Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “Thanks to the selfless dedication of the various volunteer groups across Texas, they are making Texas a safer place to live.”

“We applaud our Texas partners for the great work they are doing when it comes to preparedness,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “These awards more than demonstrate the commitment that the Lone Star State has to ensuring its citizens are ready for any emergency.”

The seven award categories include Outstanding State Citizen Corps Council Initiatives; Outstanding Local Citizen Corps Council Initiatives; Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives; Outstanding Achievements in Youth Preparedness; Preparing the Whole Community; Awareness to Action; and Community Preparedness Heroes.

The Texas awardees include:

In addition, the following Texan and organization received honorable mentions for their programs:

For more information, visit www.citizencorps.gov, http://community.fema.gov or http://ready.gov/kids

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