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Disaster Safety Strategies Nominee Receives Outstanding Achievement Award for Preparedness at National Hurricane Conference

Washington, D.C.….Disaster Safety Strategies principals Eric Cote and Cara Klein have had many opportunities over the years to work with some of America’s most accomplished individuals in the disaster safety movement.

Among the most rewarding professional experiences for DSS leaders has been the honor of nominating agency clients for prestigious awards. This was the case in early 2013 when DSS principal Eric Cote nominated agency client and Rx Response Director Erin Mullen for an Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Hurricane Conference.

Rx Response is an initiative of America’s bio-pharmaceutical supply system created after Hurricane Katrina to help ensure the continued flow of medicine to patients following a major disaster. The program serves as single point of contact for government officials who need to communicate with the bio-pharmaceutical supply system during times of disaster.

DSS principals helped launch Rx Response over seven years ago with a focus on educating state emergency managers and public health officials about the emerging program and soliciting input on how to best structure the initiative. In the years since, DSS has provided a wide range of communications support including website development, media relations, branding and event management.

Cote’s nomination of Mullen cited her leadership in taking Rx Response from a concept to a fully operational program that has earned praise from senior federal officials. Following Rx Response’s actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called Rx Response leaders to thank them for the program’s contributions.

In mid February, Cote was notified that his nominee would receive the only Outstanding Achievement Award for Preparedness at the 2013 National Hurricane Conference. Cote attended the conference with award winner Mullen and coordinated a media availability at which Mullen announced significant changes to an Rx Response program widely used following Hurricane Sandy.

“I can’t think of a more deserving person than Erin to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award for Preparedness,” said Cote. “It was an honor to nominate her and we are thrilled that she was recognized for her tremendous work in helping to ensure that medicine gets to patients in times of disaster.”