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DHS Secretary Johnson presents new Rick Rescorla resilience awards

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has presented the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to the New York Mets, Walgreens and Monsignor John Brown, recognizing their contributions to their communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“Resilience is part of the fabric of our nation, and when Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast in 2012, that night and days following, we saw citizens and members of this country rise above to support those in need,” said Secretary Johnson. “The New York Mets, Walgreens and Monsignor John Brown have all recognized the importance of resilience, not only within their organizations but in support of their communities and I thank them for everything they do in support of their communities and our nation.”
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Monsignor John Brown of Belle Harbor, N.Y., Walgreens drugstores and the New York Mets all worked tirelessly to help their communities recover from the storm.

Under Monsignor Brown’s leadership, St. Francis de Sales Parish became the largest relief center on the Rockaway peninsula, providing hot food, medical care, mental health care, trauma counseling, clothing, cleaning supplies, pet food, veterinary care, and more. At the height of the effort it served between 4,000 - 10,000 people per day.

Walgreens drugstores implemented business continuity plans before the storm made landfall, enabling the company to continue providing for basic human needs. In the aftermath of the storm, Walgreens drugstores quickly dispatched mobile pharmacies and constructed temporary pharmacies, continuing to provide much needed services throughout the region. The company also shipped in 25,000 blankets, three semi-trailer loads of water, and other items that governmental organizations were lacking.

The New York Mets, working with the City’s Office of Emergency Management, opened their facilities to be used as a Logistics Staging Area for more than three and a half months to receive, stage, and distribute unassigned resources prior to or following the storm. The Mets also supported first responders’ daily efforts by providing housing for up to 600 workers a night and distributing over 1,500 meals per day during the peak recovery period following the storm.

In 2011, DHS created the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience in memory of Richard ‘Rick’ Rescorla, who on September 11, 2001 led a massive evacuation of Morgan Stanley's 2,700-person workforce located in the South Tower, saving the lives of all but six.

www.dhs.gov

•Date: 8th April 2014 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

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