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BRACE Encourages Support of Disaster Survivors


BRACE continues to encourage support of voluntary organizations assisting hurricane survivors. In Florida alone, over 2.6 million families requested assistance from FEMA to assist with their recovery from Hurricane Irma.  Many of those families are being assisted by member organizations of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster in their recovery. Please consider assisting those organizations that are assisting survivors by clicking on the "Donate" button above.
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VISTA Progress

  
Alexandra Goldsmith is a young lady that has a heart for those who are disabled or have functional needs in our community. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Health Service Administration from the University of Central Florida, Alexandra decided to join Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). Through VISTA, she served on the BRACE team from February 2018 through February 2019.  Throughout her service, she completed Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) and numerous FEMA courses. With an end goal in mind of how we, as a community, can best serve those with functional needs, she studied many types of disabilities and how they affect the life of an individual and their family, especially in times of disaster. In pursuit of her goal, Alexandra was able to partner with many businesses in the community to prepare disaster supply buckets for those with functional needs. The buckets were generously donated by Firehouse Subs, while the supplies inside were provided by BRACE and several local branches of Walmart, Sam’s, Dollar Tree, Lowe’s and Home Depot. Alexandra hopes that this is just the beginning and together we, as a community, will reach out and make sure that individuals with access and functional needs are not forgotten in times of disaster.
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MISSION STATEMENT​​

To reduce loss of life, injury, property damage, environmental impact and economic loss due to disaster, through fostering communication, cooperation, collaboration and coordination among community, faith-based, non-profit, private and public organizations active in one or more phases of emergency management.

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Read our 2018 Annual Report below!

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News from the BRACE Team

In September 2017, FEMA notified BRACE that it was receiving the Awareness to Action Award through the Individual and Community Preparedness awards program.  BRACE was also being recognized as a Honorable Mention for the John D. Solomon "Whole Community" Preparedness Award. 

In 2012 BRACE received the Second Annual John D. Solomon Preparedness Award previously for the 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. In 2011 BRACE received the Promising Partnerships award through the program.  Since the Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Program was established in 2009, BRACE has received a total of 13 awards and honorable mentions, the most of any community based organization in the country.  
UPCOMING EVENTS
BRACE Marketing Committee Meeting - scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. at BRACE offices, 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, Florida, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public.

BRACE Program & Services Leadership Team Meeting - scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. at BRACE offices, 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, Florida, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public.

BRACE Executive Committee Meeting - scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. at BRACE offices, 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, Florida, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room.  The meeting is intended for the Governance of BRACE to plan strategy, set policy and hear reports.  The meeting is open to the public.

BRACE Board Meeting - scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. at Baskerville Donvan, 449 W. Main St. Pensacola, Florida.  The meeting is intended for the Governance of BRACE to plan strategy, set policy and hear reports.  The meeting is open to the public.

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