Ready Montana Program Honored with National Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14th, 2015
Betsy Miller, Ready Montana, (406) 444-1718
Marissa Perry, Governor’s Office of Community Service (406) 444-9077
Ready Montana Program Honored with National Award in Community Preparedness
Helena, MT – Last week, the Ready Montana Program was presented with the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award at the 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. Betsy Miller, the Ready Montana Program Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the Program on September 8, 2015.
The Ready Montana Program was nominated for the award this spring for conducting a Whole Community Disaster Simulation at the Serve Montana Symposium in 2014 and 2015. The Symposium is an annual, all-member gathering of AmeriCorps State and VISTA members hosted by the Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service. For the past two Symposiums, AmeriCorps State and VISTA members have participated in the Simulation designed to portray a whole community response to disaster and help participants gain a greater understanding of the importance of preparedness and how community volunteers may play a role in disasters.
The Ready Montana Program was one of 11 applicants to receive a 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award out of more than 130 applicants.
To view the press release from FEMA announcing the 2015 nationwide winners, visit http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2015/09/03/fema-honors-achievements-community-preparedness. For more information on the award recipients, visit www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes National Service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.