Cascades Region Receives Recognition from FEMA

Oregon Preparedness Team Receives FEMA Award

Cascades Region preparedness team celebrates year-end success at AmeriCorps graduation.

Our amazing staff and volunteers prepared thousands of people last year, and we’re honored that FEMA recognized our group as among the nation’s top preparedness organizations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has recognized two members of the Red Cross Cascades Region preparedness team for their leadership in preparedness efforts with youth and in promoting resilient communities. Francisco Ianni, regional director of preparedness, was among those recognized as a leader in making communities more resilient. Francisco received a Certificate of Accomplishment for his work in making communities more resilient.

AmeriCorps volunteer Karlynn Workman received an honorable mention for her work in increasing resilience among local youth. During her service year with the Red Cross, Karly organized nearly a dozen high school Red Cross Clubs which helped to inform more than 7,000 high school students about disaster preparedness. Along with Red Cross volunteer teammates, Karly facilitated interactive safety presentations to more than 4,000 grade school children.

“These awards represent the collaborative work of our readiness team across the state,” Francisco said. “Our amazing staff and volunteers prepared thousands of people last year, and we’re honored that FEMA recognized our group as among the nation’s top preparedness organizations.”

The Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. In support of this mission, Red Cross seeks to assist individuals in being prepared for an emergency so that they and their communities may recover more quickly and are able to help others.

The 2013 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils and programs working to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepare for any disaster or emergency event. Nominations for the awards were submitted from across the United States.