DHS accepting National Resilience Award nominations

The Department of Homeland Security recently began accepting applications for the Rick Rescorla National Resilience Award.

The award recognizes innovation and leadership by nongovernmental individuals and organizations in disaster response, preparation and recovery. The criteria for nominations include outstanding performance in saving lives, protecting property and providing other support in the face of natural or human-caused incident.

DHS presented three National Resilience Awards in 2013 to individuals and organizations who demonstrated leadership in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Monsignor John Brown of the St. Francis de Sales Parish led planning efforts that made the church the largest relief center in Rockaway, N.Y. The center provided as many as 10,000 people a day with food, medical care, counseling and clothing.

Walgreens dispatched and constructed mobile pharmacies in areas affected by the storm. It also provided blankets and water to those in need.

The New York Mets worked with the New York City Office of Emergency Management to convert their facilities into a logistics staging area to receive, stage and distribute resources before and after the storm.

The National Resilience Award was created in the memory of Rick Rescorla, the former vice president of security for Morgan Stanley.

Rescorla, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, drilled coworkers on emergency preparedness in the wake of the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the site of Morgan Stanley's corporate headquarters. During the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Mescorla led the approximately 2,700 Morgan Stanley employees out of the South Tower. He died after going back inside to find more survivors.

DHS is accepting nominations for the National Resilience Award through July 17.