Sarpy County Emergency Management receives statewide preparedness award

Sarpy County

Sarpy County Emergency Management receives statewide preparedness award

September 20, 2019

Sarpy County Emergency Management receives Be Prepared Award
Sarpy County Emergency Management Director Lynn Marshall (left) and Program
Specialist Jesse Eret (right) accept the Citizen Corps Partner of the Year award
rom Lt. Gov. Mike Foley. (NEMA)

The Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency was recognized this week at the annual Lt. Governor’s Be Prepared Awards.

The agency received the Citizen Corps Partner of the Year award, which honors organizations that demonstrate a significant commitment to creating strong partnerships with other preparedness organizations.

“Sarpy County is committed to forging partnerships across our region to provide better service for our citizens. The Emergency Management team excels at identifying partners and building relationships throughout the year, so when an emergency situation does arise, like the flooding this spring, they’ve already developed a multi-agency plan for the response and recovery,” said Sarpy County Board of Commissioners Chair Don Kelly.

The Be Prepared Awards recognize volunteers and community organizations for excellence in emergency preparedness and disaster response. They are presented each September as part of National Preparedness Month.

“Even though September is recognized as national Preparedness Month, the Nebraskans being honored … understand the necessity of being prepared year-round,” Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley said. “Their commitment to preparedness helps ensure our communities are able to recover from disasters or emergencies.”

Other Be Prepared Awards with Sarpy connections

  • Bellevue resident Douglas King, Sr. received the Citizen Corps Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding commitment to disaster preparedness and his volunteer efforts to make sure his community is better prepared in the event of a disaster.
  • The Tri-County CERT Team and the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa MRC received the Local Heroes Award for their extraordinary service and leadership during the 2019 floods. Both organizations are important partners for Sarpy County Emergency Management.