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Emergency Management Awards Contest

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Offered for the first time in 2015, the award will recognize excellence in Emergency Management and this year will focus on the effectiveness of a company's response efforts to gas emergencies. Contest winners will be recognized at Natural Gas Connect  July 15 - July 17, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. 

Sponsored by the SGA Emergency Management Committee


Contest Topic: Innovative and Effective Training for Internal First Responders to Natural Gas Emergencies


Live Presentations

All entries will present their program by live video conference on May 15.


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Important Details


Entry Rules

Please submit the name of your program and company name in email form to aimee.wilder@southerngas.org by May 10.

Please put together a PowerPoint presentation with pictures, scanned articles, links to websites, etc. to describe your program:

  • Name of the program
  • Describe the program
  • Results of the program/response to the program
  • How many company employees participated

Each company will have 7 minutes to present the features and benefits of their program. Adherence to the 7 minute time limit will be taken into consideration when judging the entries.

The recipient of the award will be notified no later than May 29. 


Entry Requirements

  • A member company may nominate more than one activity.
  • Entries will be presented by web conference (you will be contacted with details after application received).
  • Programs that have previously received an SGA Emergency Management Award are not eligible.
  • A previous winner may submit a different program.
  • An entry can date back 5 years.

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Judging Criteria



  • How do you ensure exercises/ incidents are addressed?

  • Were you able to change outcomes/behaviors of responders, to what scale?

  • Process for mobilizing additional workers in an emergency



  • Partnerships with local agencies

  • Request for Mutual Aid

  • Emergency facility activation criteria/available formal procedure to activate

  • Use of ICS or other formal emergency management organizational structure

  • Availability of Emergency Equipment (squeezers, flash suits, etc)

  • Audience - How many levels of employees are trained?

  • Are other stakeholders involved?


Continuous Improvements

  • Are metrics improving?

  • Is training evolved to incorporate lessons learned?

  • What is the process to ensure improvements? (Short term and long term)

  • How often are you testing your plan?

  • Have Processes been changed or eliminated?

  • Needs Assessment - What did you learn and how will you apply it?

    • How are they capturing lessons learned?

  • Change Management Plan - How is change being implemented?

  • What is the process to ensure improvements? (Short term and long term)

    • Plan, Do, Check, Adjust model?

  • Vision and established timeline

  • Progressive path (were additional training needed?)

    • How are they ensuring this is happening?

  • Resources needed


Previous Winners



Topic: Effectiveness of a Company's Response to Natural Disasters

Winner: Hurricane Harvey Response 2017 presented by ONE Gas, Inc. 



Topic: Effectiveness of a Company's Response Efforts to Gas Emergencies

Winner: Enhancing Response to Gas Emergencies presented by York County Natural Gas Authority

Runner-Up: Historic August 2016 Louisiana Flood Response presented by Entergy Louisiana, LLC.