FEMA Recognizes BRACE Partners
The Second Annual John D. Solomon Preparedness Award was presented to the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) for collaborative work as a team of nearly 500 disaster preparedness and response organizations, engaging in efforts that reach the business community, children and youth, under-served populations, faith-based organizations, first responders, and individuals with access and functional needs, and more. The John D. Solomon Preparedness Award is named for the late creator of the ground breaking blog, In Case of Emergency, Read Blog: A Citizen’s Eye View Of Public Preparedness. John’s body of work was striking in its reporting, analysis, engagement and impact, in preparing the public, informing professionals, and effecting change in the public and private sectors. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate once stated that he “set the standard for what it meant to be part of our nation's emergency management team.”
Greg Strader, Executive Director for BRACE was honored to accept the award on behalf of the Organization's partners at a White House ceremony on September 24th. Award winners shared information about their innovative and successful approaches to community preparedness with national emergency management leadership.
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Greg Strader receives 'Champions of Change' Award
Greg Strader, BRACE’s Founding Executive Director, was among the 17 people honored at the White House as Champions of Change for the disaster preparedness and response efforts by the Organization's Partners. BRACE was recognized for its role following Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
BRACE and its over 500 Partners are striving to make our community the most disaster resilient in America. The award recognized the innovative initiatives of BRACE and its ability to quickly mobilize volunteers to respond to an emergency. BRACE was charged with mobilizing volunteers to assist with protecting area beaches during response efforts for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Within 28 hour of the activation of the local emergency operations center, BRACE and its Partners had registered, oriented and deployed over 950 volunteers, to conduct a clean-up of 32 linear miles of shoreline. Unnaturally debris was removed from the beaches to ensure it did not become mixed with oil, that would have resulted in the loss of the sand from among America's whitest beaches.
Greg was also recognized for the Champions of Change award by Representative Jeff Miller in a special address to Congress.
BRACE Community Partner Initiative
BRACE has undertaken a unique Community Partner Initiative with the goal of enhancing disaster readiness and response capabilities of community and faith-based organizations and businesses throughout Florida's northern Gulf Coast counties.
BRACE's Community Partner Initiative has been working with county emergency management departments and numerous other agencies and organizations to strengthen relationships and disaster preparedness, response and recovery capabilities in the following counties:
♦ Bay County
♦ Franklin County
♦ Gulf County
♦ Okaloosa County
♦ Walton County
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
The primary goal of the Community Partner Initiative is to enhance each county's disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation capabilities by thoroughly engaging community and faith-based organizations along with the business community as participants in a county-wide Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) or Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) structure.
 Community Partner Identification: Develop a comprehensive listing of community and faith-based organizations and businesses within each county that could assist in times of emergencies or disasters.
 Resource Identification: While identifying community partners develop an inventory of any resources that could be accessed during emergencies or disasters.
 Community Partner Meeting: Facilitate a series of county-wide meetings designed to bring community partners together to review and discuss the current readiness level of organizations and businesses to work as a unified team during emergencies or disasters.
 COOP Exercise: Facilitate a series of continuity of operations exercises designed to help organizations and businesses strengthen their capability to survive a hurricane and remain operational to support thedisaster caused needs of county residents.
 Best Practices: Identify best practices that are currently being implemented by community partners.
 Statewide Hurricane Exercise: Participate in Florida's annual statewide hurricane exercise as a member of each county's VOAD/COAD to measure the capabilities of community and faith-based organizations and businesses working together to meet the needs of disaster survivors.
 Training: Determine the training needs of each county, then schedule and facilitate the identified training.
A WHOLE COMMUNITY APPROACH TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
FEMA's "A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes and Pathways for Action" presents a foundation for increasing individual preparedness and engaging community partners in a collaborative effort to enhance the resiliency and security of our Nation through a Whole Community approach.
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