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FEMA Calls for 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Submissions

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the application period for the 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open.

These awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils, and programs working to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event. Submissions will be accepted April 11 through July 31, 2012 at

The application period is significantly longer than last year to give applicants more time to complete their submission. This extension enables applicants the time to showcase the outstanding work being done to make our nation more resilient to any disaster or emergency event while continuing the local day-to-day work these awards exemplify.

To be considered for this year’s Awards, all submissions must be received by July 31, 2012 at 11:59 E.D.T. and are required to feature program activities taking place during the period of January 1, 2011 and June 1, 2012.  FEMA leadership, and regional and headquarters staff will score all entries and select the finalists.  A review board of emergency management experts will select the winners in each of the following categories:

Winners of the 2012 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards will be announced in September, during National Preparedness Month and will be FEMA’s honored guests at a community preparedness roundtable event in Washington, DC.

Whether it is an individual or a faith-based, tribal, non-profit, private sector, or community-based organization – everyone makes a difference in our community  Acknowledge the work you or someone you know has done to build a more resilient nation and submit an application TODAY!

How to Apply

Please open and review the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Application and Guidance Form below before completing and submitting your application and supporting materials. This file will help facilitate consistency in the application and selection process, and provide points to keep in mind when preparing your submission.

If you have questions regarding the awards and application process, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet located below. If you cannot locate the answer to your question within the FAQ, please submit any inquiries to

2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Materials

Awards Application Deadline

All applications should be submitted to  for review by July 31, 2012 at 11:59 E.D.T.

More Information

Learn more about the remarkable winners recognized last year at the White House for their contributions and achievements in helping their communities get ready for unexpected emergencies. As Secretary Napolitano stated, “We commend the innovative practices and achievements these individuals bring to the field of emergency management in order to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared.”

You can also view award details from 2009 and 2010

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