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Richmond, TX 77469
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Office of Emergency Management

Fort Bend County Receives Two Awards from the Emergency Management Association of Texas

Posted May 2, 2014 9:01:28 AM CDT

Richmond, Texas — The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management recently received two awards from the Emergency Management Association of Texas: The Community Service Award in conjunction with the Arc of Fort Bend County, and the Excellence in Emergency Management Award in conjunction with the Fort Bend Flood Management Association. EMAT presented the awards at a special ceremony in San Marcos, Texas on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

"EMAT recognizes outstanding members each year for their contributions in the Emergency Management Community," says Jeb Lacey, EMAT President. "The excellent work in Fort Bend County is certainly deserving of recognition, and it is an honor to serve alongside them."

Kathy Refrow and Cheryl Sewell Receive Award for Ready BingoFort Bend County OEM received the Community Service Award for a project led by Kathy Renfrow, a Planning Coordinator with FBC OEM, and Cheryl Sewell of the Arc of Fort Bend County, for creating the public outreach tool “Ready Bingo.” Ready Bingo is a fun and engaging way to teach emergency preparedness using a picture-driven bingo game. Ready Bingo targets a variety of audiences including seniors, children, persons with limited English language proficiency, and individuals with functional and access needs. The Community Service Award honors those who have provided leadership, guidance, facilities, equipment, or support to an emergency management program, a community, or the profession in the furtherance of mitigation, preparedness, response, or recovery activities in the past calendar year. Jeff Braun, Emergency Management Coordinator with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management commented: "This really is a result of great cooperation between Kathy and the folks at Ready Houston. Without that partnership and the close working relationships this idea would not have been implemented as successfully."

Fort Bend County and Fort BEnd Flood Management Association Receive AwardFBC OEM and the Fort Bend Flood Management Association jointly received the Excellence in Emergency Management Award for the Fort Bend County Levee Project. Partnering with other departments, such as the County’s Drainage District and Road and Bridge, FBC OEM and the Flood Management Association implemented a way to incorporate all of the Levee Improvement Districts within the County into its emergency management system. The Excellence in Emergency Management award recognizes outstanding state and local emergency management projects, activities and campaigns that further the goals of saving lives and protecting property by mitigating, preparing for, responding to, or recovering from disasters and emergencies in Texas. 

"Our staff is constantly looking for ways to improve our offerings to our community," remarked Braun, "These awards really give us affirmation that the hard work has not gone unnoticed. Our staff are all here to do the right thing by our residents, but a little recognition along the way never hurts."


Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 600,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response, and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.

The Emergency Management Association of Texas is dedicated to the advancement of the field of emergency management both statewide and nationally. To that end, EMAT engages in an array of efforts to advance a statewide emergency management agenda and to promote the professional growth of the emergency management practitioner. The management decisions made by EMAT’s 412 members affect over 26 million individuals living in thousands of communities across Texas.

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