This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) honored the winners of the 2016 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, recognizing the outstanding efforts of individuals, programs, and organizations throughout the country working to prepare their communities for emergencies. Special congratulations to Jenny Novak of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Emergency Management Department recipient of the FEMA Awareness to Action Award. This year’s award recipients developed innovative practices and programs that contributed to making communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient.
CSUN was nominated for its creative preparation efforts during the first Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Scavenger Hunt. Eight university departments coordinated by CSUN Emergency Management participated in a fun but important exercise that had hundreds of students assembling their own disaster kits. The first Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Scavenger Hunt was an interactive event to increase disaster preparedness within the CSUN student population. Participating students went to stations across campus and collected emergency blankets, bandage dispensers, hand sanitizers, and other items for their disaster kits. Upon completion, students were entered into drawings for zombie-themed prizes.