Community Convening for Tornado Recovery

BRACE leadership met with a team of six representatives of World Renew during the week of August 1st.  It is hoped that World Renew will soon submit a Memorandum of Agreement to BRACE to deploy volunteer reconstruction teams to assist survivors with their recovery from the February 15 & 23 tornadoes.  
The PowerPoint presentation that was used to inform BRACE partners about the two tornadoes is available through the link below.

Restoring Hope and Homes

BRACE is leading the Escambia Long Term Recovery Group as it restores hope and homes for low income survivors of the Spring 2014 Flood.  110 families have been returned to safe and sanitary homes that provide the functioning that most families enjoy every day.  BRACE is a 501 (c) (3) organization so your donations are tax deductible.  Our Administration and Fundraising costs are less than 6% so you know your investment is making a difference!

FEMA Recognizes BRACE Partners

The Second Annual John D. Solomon Preparedness Award was  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.”


Greg Strader, Executive Director for BRACE was honored to accept the award on behalf of the Organization's partners at a White House ceremony on September 24th.  Award winners shared information about  their innovative and successful approaches to community preparedness with national emergency management leadership. 

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Greg Strader receives 'Champions of Change' Award


Greg Strader, BRACE’s Founding Executive Director, was among the 17 people honored at the White House as Champions of Change for the disaster preparedness and response efforts by the Organization's Partners.  BRACE was recognized for its role following Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  

BRACE and its over 500 Partners are striving to make our community the most disaster resilient in America.  The award recognized the innovative initiatives of BRACE and its ability to quickly mobilize volunteers to respond to an emergency.  BRACE was charged with mobilizing volunteers to assist with protecting area beaches during response efforts for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  Within 28 hour of the activation of the local emergency operations center, BRACE and its Partners had registered, oriented and deployed over 950 volunteers, to conduct a clean-up of 32 linear miles of shoreline.  Unnaturally debris was removed from the beaches to ensure it did not become mixed with oil, that would have resulted in the loss of the sand from among America's whitest beaches.  

Greg was also recognized for the Champions of Change award by Representative Jeff Miller in a special address to Congress.