In Sharon, the Brain Busters First Lego League Team took the top prize at the 2014 International FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award for their Balloon-Based Notification Sign. The project, a large helium balloon and attached sign, can be used to show the locations of emergency shelters and other assistance.
Waterton Fire Department Lt. Brian Rand won the Individual and Community Preparedness Community Preparedness Heroes Award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for creating multiple projects to help the citizens of Watertown. He was also recognized for his efforts regarding the Watertown Community Emergency Response Team.
The Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management won the Individual and Community Preparedness Survivor Empowerment and Integration Award from FEMA for the April 2014 release of the Show Me Emergencies application for mobile phones. The app facilitates communication between public health, emergency professionals and individuals with communication issues.
Weston's ThunderBots First Lego League Team earned an Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness and Awareness to Action awards. The team was recognized for its preparation for the 2013 Great Northeast Shakeout and development of videos and stakeholder outreach programs regarding earthquake preparedness.