Nebraska residents received recognition for their emergency preparedness and response efforts as part of National Preparedness Month.
Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann announced the winners on Friday of this year's "Be Prepared" awards given to volunteers and community groups. The awards are sponsored by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.
Heidemann said this year's winners provided educational training and support to community volunteers to help them respond to emergencies. Some of the winners helped create websites and local volunteer registries while others were credited for their response to the 2011 Amtrak derailment near Benkelman.
The full list of winners is available at governor.nebraska.gov/.
Douglas County is also participating in National Preparedness Month. Friday, the Health Department set up a drill to make sure we're ready for a bioterror emergency in the metro.