Operation Population Protection Exercise
For additional information and to register to participate in this unique workplace preparedness opportunity access: Operation Population Protection Exercise
Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP!) expo
The 2013 YEP! event was a great success:
• 2,013 children, youth and adult volunteers participated in September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance activities;
• Emergency food supplies were assembled into disaster kits that will be donated to 3,000 low income families.
VISTA Service Opportunity
Therefore, if you are age 18 and older and would like to devote yourself to a year-long, full time commitment to serve your/our community then please check out our service opportunities by clicking on read more below this message. Then type in Florida in the Choose Where To Serve box then click Find Opportunities Now, then go to the second page look for BRACE VISTA click that link, hit Apply Now and go through the steps to register for potential recruitment.
Thanks for applying and we look forward to those three candidates who will be chosen to help BRACE with its Vision of becoming the Most Disaster Resilient Community In America!!!
If you have any questions or need additional information please feel free to contact DeAnna Stemock, Director of Operations and Readiness at 850-444-7135 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
FEMA to Recognize BRACE Partners
The Second Annual John D. Solomon Preparedness Award will be 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.”
A BRACE representative will be attending a community roundtable event in Washington, D.C. as FEMA's honored guest, on September 23rd and 24th. During the roundtable BRACE and other honorees will share their innovative and successful approaches to community preparedness with emergency management leadership.
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Greg Strader receives 'Champions of Change' Award
Greg Strader, BRACE’s Founding Executive Director, was one of the 17 people recently honored at the White House as Champions of Change.
Greg was recognized for his roles following Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He works with BRACE's 450+ Partners to make our community the most disaster resilient in America. He served as the Escambia Long Term Recovery Coordinator following Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis, supporting over 800 families through their recovery from those disasters. He led BRACE's response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, engaging over 1,900 volunteers that provided over 10,000 hours of volunteer service. Greg also guides BRACE in its role as the Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator for Escambia County, the City of Pensacola and the Town of Century. He previously served with the American Red Cross for over 32 years in six communities, responding to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, plane crashes and various other disasters.
Greg was also recognized for the Champions of Change award by State Representative Jeff Miller in a special address to Congress on February 3, 2012.
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.