Cindi Barker receives 2017 Community Preparedness Champions Award from FEMA
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that Cindi Barker has been selected as one of the 11 Individual and Community Preparedness Award recipients from around the country.
Cindi Barker was chosen to receive the 2017 Community Preparedness Champions Award for her development of Emergency Communication hubs and the creation of the “Hub-in-a-Box” program for Seattle, Washington residents. Earthquakes are a high risk for Seattle residents due to multiple fault lines in the area. To help residents prepare for disaster, Ms. Barker started developing Emergency Communication hubs. These hubs are agreed-upon meeting places where people can gather, organize, and strategize to help one another in the event of a major earthquake. Recently, she concentrated her efforts in predominantly lower socioeconomic areas to facilitate their preparedness efforts. This resulted in the creation of the “Hub-in-a-Box” Program, an effort to help communities easily prepare hubs. Seattle has roughly 135 Emergency Communication hubs spread throughout the city.
“FEMA is proud to recognize the great efforts of individuals and organizations who are helping to create a national culture of preparedness,” said Sharon Loper, Acting Administrator FEMA Region 10. “When we work together in our communities, we are stronger, and more resilient.”
Cindi Barker was recognized by Sharon Loper on Wednesday, September 27 to congratulate her on her efforts. Additionally, Cindi and all award recipients will be recognized in a webinar hosted by FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division. Awardees will be invited to share their experiences, success stories, and lessons learned with fellow emergency management leaders.
Emergency management is most effective when the whole community is engaged and involved. Faith-based organizations, service agencies, businesses and associations, tribal organizations, youth and older Americans, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, can make a real difference in their communities before, during, and after disasters. Each year, FEMA honors individuals and organizations who excel at inspiring the public to be ready if a tornado, hurricane, wildfire, or other disaster were to strike their community.
Additional award recipients:
- Outstanding Citizen Corps Council: Connecticut Citizen Corps Council
- Community Preparedness Champions: Rosalind “Roz McKelvey”
- Awareness to Action: Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE)
- Technological Innovation: SABER, the Single Automated Business Exchange for Reporting
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness: MyPI National (short for “My Preparedness Initiative”)
- John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness: Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of California
- Outstanding Private Sector Initiatives: William Bracken
- Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Initiatives: Long Beach Fire Department CERT
- Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program: Arlington Christian Disaster Network
- Prepareathon in Action: Prep Step Campaign from Save the Children
Visit https://www.ready.gov/awards for more information on the 2017 award recipients and honorable mentions.