Did you or your organization make a difference to advance disaster preparedness in your community? The time is near for submitting applications for the 2017 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

Since 2009, these awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.

To learn more about the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, visit http://www.ready.gov/preparedness-awards.You can also view profiles of past award winners to find out about their outstanding achievements.