National CERT Award Nominations

National Awards

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Preparing the Whole Community
Criteria: Presented to an organization, program, or jurisdiction that successfully engages the whole community to improve disaster preparedness and resilience; encourages and explores ways to develop whole community partnerships; and advocates a grassroots approach to emergency planning.

Who can apply:  Any individual, program, organization, or jurisdiction engaged in individual and community preparedness.  This includes local government officials and community organizations (e.g. tribal councils, mayors, local emergency managers, local emergency individuals)

Outstanding Inclusive Initiatives in Emergency Management
Criteria: Presented to an organization, program, or jurisdiction that has excelled in working with populations that are disproportionately impacted by disasters due to risks associated with economic status, limited English proficiency, cultural diversity, or access and functional needs in order to better prepare them for disasters.

Who can apply:  Any individual, program, organization, or jurisdiction engaged in individual and community preparedness.  This includes local government officials and community organizations (e.g. tribal councils, mayors, local emergency managers, local emergency planning councils, homeland security task forces, faith-based, civic, or volunteer organizations, private sector entities, registered Citizen Corps Councils, CERTs, Citizen Corps Partner Programs and Affiliates and other volunteer programs.

2020 National CERT Team of the Year
Criteria: Presented to the Community Emergency Response Team that created/implemented an initiative and/or innovation that improves the ability of their CERT program to achieve innovative and sustainable practices in emergency management to make their jurisdiction safer, stronger, better prepared, and more resilient (e.g. in the areas of public education, training and engagement; government/non-government partnerships and integration of services, capacity building, etc.).

Who can apply:  Any registered CERT Program

2020 National CERT Volunteer of the Year
Criteria: Presented to the CERT volunteer for outstanding contribution to their CERT program and community as an unpaid program manager, instructor, team leader or general volunteer.

Who can apply: Any unpaid volunteer serving in any role or capacity for a registered CERT program.

Outstanding Private Sector Initiatives
Criteria: Presented to a business that has demonstrated outstanding creativity and made a measurable impact in engaging employees and local communities in improving disaster preparedness and resilience.

Who can apply:  Any private sector organization that works with CERT

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.


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