The Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) has announced the winners of the 2011 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, and we’re pleased to say that one of the winners is a Send Word Now customer. The Awards, which were previously known as the Citizen Corps Achievement Awards, recognize preparedness efforts that took place during the award period of January 1, 2010 through June 1, 2011. According to Citizen Corps, FEMA’s community organizing branch, the Awards “recognize the innovative practices and achievements of organizations and individuals that work to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation.”
In 2011, the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians were given an award for their achievements in “Preparing the Whole Community,” which they accomplished through the use of Send Word Now’s on-demand notification system.
Citizen Corps explains, “The San Manuel reservation lies at the intersection of several fault lines along the foothills of the San Bernadino Mountains. The CERT and the Tribal Emergency Response Team (CERT/TERT) utilizes a comprehensive Wi-Fi system supported by an information technology department has created unique and robust alert systems to inform the community immediately of an emergency.”
The Tribe uses Send Word Now in order to send SMS text, email and voice alerts to community members across the reservation whenever there is a crisis. This year, the CERT/TERT teams also increased their disaster response capabilities by strategically placing mobile disaster support kits to provide instant access to hang tools and additional resources that may be needed on site in an emergency. According to Citizen Corps, “the CERT/TERT is also in the process of providing in-home emergency survival kits for each Tribal residence along with back-up power sources for each home and business.”
We would like to congratulate the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, as well as all of last year’s award winners, for their great contributions to emergency prepared in their communities!