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2021 IAEM Awards Program

Be Recognized 

The IAEM Award Program recognizes professionals, volunteers, students and organizations across the Emergency Management Industry to shine a light on the hard work and commendable results of the past year.

This past year has highlighted the necessity for the various roles Emergency Managers play in multiple aspects of society as they have selflessly answered the call again and again to help their communities through a worldwide pandemic and many natural disasters. The IAEM Awards Program offers the opportunity to shine a light on the profession by recognizing exceptional individuals and programs, both by their peers and on the IAEM website!

The IAEM Awards Program has helped organizations and programs throughout the years share their accomplishments and resources with the profession; benefitting not only the program’s intended beneficiaries but also the profession as a whole and giving insight to new technology and resources as well as programs to help.

Each submission is reviewed for eligibility and then judged by a team of esteemed judges from the Emergency Management field. Awardees will be honored online and at the IAEM Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oct. 15-22, 2021.

Deadlines

Applications for all awards will be accepted Apr. 9-May 31, 2021.

How to Enter

For Global Awards and IAEM-USA Council Awards, our new online platform makes the nominations process a breeze. Select your award and review the award requirements. Use the link to complete the award application, and upload supporting documentation. You will be prompted to log in prior to starting a nomination/application. IAEM members should use their current user name and password. If you are NOT an IAEM member and have not registered with us before, choose to register and you will receive a login and password. NOTE: Do not start a new nomination/application to upload documents. You can come back and upload additional required documentation at any time prior to the deadline. To do so, login to the website and visit the dashboard. Access your open award applications on your dashboard under “My Award Applications.”

For IAEM-Canada Council Awards, download the appropriate nomination/application form (Word document) and when completed, submit using the email on the form. Be sure to review the IAEM-Canada Awards Guidance prior to beginning your application/nomination.

IAEM-USA, IAEM-Canada and Global Award Categories

There are six awards that are not specific to any council. These Global Awards may be entered from any person/organization worldwide. The categories are Business and Preparedness, Partners in Preparedness, Public Awareness, Technology and Innovation awards, and Student Awards. Nominations will be judged first in geographic categories and then winners will be judged against each other to determine the overall Global winner. Awards will be made at the IAEM Council levels as well as at the Global level. 

IAEM-Canada provides exclusive awards for Career Excellence, Emergency Management Volunteer, Merit, and Prepared Community. 

IAEM-USA also provides exclusive awards for Uniformed Services, Career Excellence, Emergency Manager of the Year, Volunteers, and the highly esteemed Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Local Emergency Manager Award. 

IAEM awards seek to honor the best of the best and recognize the various obstacles Emergency Managers deal with every day.

Download and review completely the Award Guidelines prior to submitting a nomination/application form. 

Award Guidelines

Global Award Guidelines - Business and Industry Preparedness, Partners in Preparedness, Public Awareness, Technology and Innovation, Student of the Year, and Student Ally of the Year

Canada Awards Guidelines - Career Excellence, Emergency Management Volunteer Award, Merit, Prepared Community

USA Award - Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Local Emergency Manager Award 

USA Award - Emergency Manager of the Year

USA Award - Uniformed Services Awards - Uniformed Member of the Year, Civilian Emergency Manager of the Year, and Auxiliary Emergency Manager of the Year

USA Award - Career Excellence Award

USA Award - Student Awards - Student Chapter of the Year and Chapter Advisor of the Year

USA Award - Volunteer Awards - Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year and Voluntary Organization of the Year

Nomination/Application Forms

Be sure to use the appropriate form for the award for which you are providing a nomination. Global and USA nominations/application links will be to the online portal. Canada nominations/applications links will take you to a Word Form that must be downloaded, completed and returned by email to the address on the form.

Global Awards - Business and Industry Preparedness, Partners in Preparedness, Public Awareness, Technology and Innovation, Student of the Year, and Student Ally of the Year

Canada Award - Career Excellence Award

Canada Award - Emergency Management Volunteer Award

Canada Award - Merit Award

Canada Award - Prepared Community Award

USA Award - Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Local Emergency Manager Award 

USA Award - Emergency Manager of the Year

USA Uniformed Services Awards - Uniformed Member of the Year, Civilian Emergency Manager of the Year, and Auxiliary Emergency Manager of the Year

USA Award - Career Excellence Award

USA Student Awards - Student Chapter of the Year and Chapter Advisor of the Year

USA Volunteer Awards - Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year and Voluntary Organization of the Year

Pricing

IAEM offers this opportunity to members at no cost and to non-members for the nominal fee of $75.

Resources

View this webinar to learn the secrets to a successful IAEM nomination/application. Download the webinar slides.