Award nominations for the 2017 GHC awards are now being accepted through March 11, 2017.

Award Categories

GOVERNOR’S AWARD

The most prestigious award of the conference given to an individual who has made an outstanding, major contribution to the cause of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation or research in the State of Florida. The impact of the individual’s achievement must be statewide in scope.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

To an individual or organization that has made cumulative outstanding contributions to some aspect of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation or research in the State of Florida. The scope of the contribution can be local, regional or statewide.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

To an individual that has made outstanding or substantial contributions and accomplishments in the field of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation at local, state or national level over an entire career.

BOB LAY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AWARD

To an individual whose primary responsibilities are in emergency management, or a city, county, regional, state or federal emergency management agency for outstanding progress and accomplishment in the field of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation or research in the State of Florida.

AMERICAN RED CROSS AWARD

To an individual staff member, volunteer or unit of the American Red Cross that has made an outstanding contribution to the fulfillment of Red Cross hurricane preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation activities in the State of Florida.

PUBLIC/PRIVATE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

To an individual or small or large organization from the not-for-profit or private sector that has made a substantial contribution to hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation or research in the State of Florida.

DICK FLETCHER MEDIA AWARD

To an individual or organization in the news media for outstanding efforts to educate and inform the public about hurricanes and hurricane preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation in the State of Florida.

CHAD REED FIRST RESPONDER AWARD

To an organization or an individual serving as a traditional first responder (fire, EMS, law enforcement) that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of hurricane emergency response in the State of Florida.

PUBLIC EDUCATION/PUBLIC INFORMATION AWARD

To an individual or organization that has developed an innovative and effective public educational tool or program which has improved hurricane preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation in the State of Florida.

AL BRAGG GOVERNMENT AND LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

To an appointed or elected official for outstanding leadership in supporting emergency management through sponsoring the enactment of regulations, ordinances or other legal means to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation at the local level in the State of Florida.

TROPICAL METEOROLOGY AWARD

To an individual that has made outstanding or substantial contributions to the advancement of knowledge, application or understanding of the hurricane forecasting and warning process in the State of Florida.

INNOVATION AWARD

To an individual or a local, regional, state or not-for-profit organization for the conception and development of new, unique and innovative programs or systems in the field of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation in the State of Florida.

MEMORIAL HONOR

The new “Memorial Honor” component of the GHC awards program will recognize those who have passed away during the year prior to the annual conference and who have made a substantial contribution to hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation or research in the State of Florida. Recognition of these individuals will be included in the annual Awards Luncheon ceremony. Please provide us with the name of a proposed honoree and his or her agency, title and length of service.