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All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Every week, we will invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas to win the future.

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Individual and Community Preparedness

The White House honors local Champions of Change who are doing extraordinary work to prepare individuals and communities throughout the nation for disasters and to help build a safer and more resilient nation.


Dr. Ryan Akers is an Assistant Extension Professor for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, which serves the State of Mississippi by providing services and programs that help people...

Phil Amtower is the Emergency Management Director of Christian County, Missouri (MO) and the Task Force Leader for MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 1. Phil started the local county...

Jonathan Bruno is the Chief Operating Officer for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP). Since 1998, Jonathan has worked to protect the Upper South Platte Watershed by protecting the...

Frank Lowe is a Senior Outreach Specialist for the New York City Office of Emergency Management. Frank oversees Ready New York, a campaign to encourage New Yorkers to ready themselves for...

Erika Mahoney, MS, PEM is the Executive Director of Do 1 Thing, a non-profit dedicated to helping individuals, families, businesses, and communities prepare for all hazards and become disaster...

Marny D. McLee Sr. is the Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team Training and Outreach Coordinator for the State of Delaware. Citizen Corps actively partners with the Governor’s Faith...

Lt. Brian K. Rand, MPA-EM, serves as the Emergency Medical Services Coordinator and Training Officer for the Watertown, Massachusetts Fire Department. Under the direction of the Department Chief,...

Susan Riedy is the Senior Public Health Planner at the Albany County Department of Health. She directs the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities associated with the Albany County...

Samantha Stone is a Risk Communication Coordinator in the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Samantha oversees Show Me, a series of...

Brittany Valdez is a graduate student in Educational Psychology at West Virginia University. She works with Partnerships in Assistive Technologies and the West Virginia Assistive Technology System...

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