From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that Jane Cage, chairperson of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team in Joplin, along the citizens of Joplin, have been awarded the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience following the 2011 tornado.
“The Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience recognizes outstanding response to a catastrophic incident and leadership in fostering resilient and prepared communities,” Napolitano said in a statement.
“Jane Cage and the Joplin community demonstrate this spirit of resilience and strength, serving as models for communities across our nation.”
As the chairperson of CART in Joplin, Cage “demonstrated exceptional leadership in helping the Joplin community recover from the devastating May tornado,” according to the statement.
After the tornado, CART was established to provide a forum between citizens and the Joplin City Council as the community recovers and rebuilds.
Cage created the “Listening to Joplin” plan, which served as the foundation of the community’s recovery efforts. CART used a variety of opportunities to reach members across the community, including those who were personally overwhelmed by their own losses from the storm.
Napolitano’s statement also praised the entire community, “deciding together to build more resilient schools outside of the floodplain, develop stronger standards for home construction, and to develop shared facilities to use as storm shelters.
Earlier this year, Napolitano announced the creation of the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience, in memory of a man who on Sept. 11, 2001, led a massive evacuation of Morgan Stanley's 2,700-person workforce located in the South Tower, saving the lives of many of his coworkers.