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This award, first offered by IAEM-USA in 2018, is separate and distinctly different from the Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award as it broadens eligibility beyond traditional local emergency management director/coordinator to allow any emergency management practitioner at any level (federal, state, tribal, academic, military, and private) the opportunity for recognition.
* Local and active duty military emergency managers may also be nominated for the Clayton R. Christopher Local Emergency Manager and the Uniformed Services Emergency Manager of the Year awards respectively. If selected for either of these awards, another entry will be considered for the Emergency Manager of the Year award. Separate entries are required for each award.
** Nominees who work part time outside the United States will be considered if the majority of the time the nominee delivers services is within the U.S.
The award is presented to an IAEM-USA member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the overall field of emergency management. All nominations must contain written justification for the award and should focus on recent accomplishments and contributions because this is not a lifetime achievement award.
IAEM members may nominate anyone who serves as a practitioner of emergency management for local, state, tribal, military, college/university, or federal government as an employee, contractor, academic instructor or researcher, or volunteer. Note: if active duty military, please also consider entering the competition for Uniformed Services Emergency Manager of the Year (see separate entry form). If selected for the Uniformed Services award, another entry will be considered for the Emergency Manager of the Year award.
The nominee must work and deliver services within the United States. This includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Nominees who work part time outside the United States can be considered, as long as the majority of time the nominee delivers services is within the United States.
The IAEM-USA Emergency Manager of the Year Award will be announced by the IAEM Awards & Recognition Committee. The award presentation will take place at the IAEM 2020 Annual Conference, Long Beach, California, USA.