The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management recently received the Excellence in Emergency Management award from EMAT, the Emergency Management Association of Texas.
“EMAT has a proud tradition of recognizing its members for their contributions in the Emergency Management Community,” says Sharon Nalls, EMAT President. “Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management really stood out to us, and is extremely deserving of this award. It’s our pleasure to give them this award, and a greater honor to serve alongside them.”
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.
Jeff Braun, the County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, initiated the Office of Emergency Management’s Internet and Network Redundancy project, which qualified the office for this honor. Jeff Braun and the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management partnered with Ray Webb and Charles King of the FBC Information Technology Department to implement a system to prevent loss of connectivity to Fort Bend County’s Emergency Operations Center in the event of a major emergency.
“We have been focusing on doing the right thing here since I started with the County in 2003.” remarked Braun, “It’s nice to get recognition for our efforts, but we’re just glad to be here doing the right thing and serving the residents of Fort Bend County to the best of our abilities.” This project will ensure that the Office of Emergency Management is able to maintain the Emergency Operations Center, even if traditional telephone cabling falters or if regional Internet connectivity is lost.
Jeff Braun has been recognized multiple times for his accomplishments and contributions to the county’s Emergency Management capabilities.
Other accolades include the 2006 Emergency Manager of the Year by the Emergency Management Association of Texas because of his efforts to build programs that increase crisis preparedness in all eighteen jurisdictions within the county. In 2008, Braun received accreditation’s as a Certified Emergency Manger by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Braun’s successes in the last year also includes the National Weather Service’s designation of Fort Bend County as a Storm Ready county. In February of this year he was recognized as a finalist for the University of Houston’s prestigious “Public Official of the Year” award.
For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at www.fbcoem.org.