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February 7, 2012 > Hayward Fire Department honored at the White House

Hayward Fire Department honored at the White House

Submitted By Hayward FD

On Thursday, January 19, 2012, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington DC awarded the Hayward Fire Department (HFD) with the 2011 FEMA Community Preparedness Award and Champions of Change Award through the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA). The ceremony took place at the White House.

HFD is currently on the ECA steering committee representing the Bay Area, and was selected to attend the event for the positive, educational work that has been done in Hayward for its residents and the region. A cornerstone activity is "The Great California ShakeOut," an annual statewide earthquake drill that began in 2008 which involves millions of participants each year all across California.

"Champions of Change" is a special series being carried out by the White House as a part of President Obama's "Winning the Future" initiative. It profiles Americans from across the country and features extraordinary and innovative Americans, who are helping to improve the nation, one community at a time.

"All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. Every week we invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas to win the future," says President Obama.

"FEMA received nearly 200 Individual and Community Award applications from 36 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but it was the work that Hayward Fire Department showcased during past "Great ShakeOut" earthquake drills, which truly reflected the collaborative spirit for building a more resilient nation while capturing the embodiment of Whole Community" says Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security.

The next Great ShakeOut drill is scheduled for October 18th 2012, at 10:18 am.

For more information on Disaster Preparedness and safety related materials, please visit: www.hayward-ca.gov or contact the Hayward Fire Department Emergency Services Office at (510) 583-4948.

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