John Solomon was a man who cared deeply about citizen preparedness. Though he held a job that had nothing to do with homeland security, he volunteered on a New York City CERT team and spent free time interviewing government officials and non-governmental leaders. He learned about threats to the United States, both natural and man-made, and endeavored to match them with actions every citizen could take to become more resilient. John blogged about it all on his site, “In Case of Emergency, Read Blog – A Citizen’s Eye View of Public Preparedness,” wrote op-eds, and worked on a book.
Tragically, John passed away on November 1, 2010. He was only 47. To honor his memory and passion for citizen preparedness, a fund to support the next generation of citizen-leaders in homeland security has been established in New York City. It was set up by John’s family and friends in cooperation with the Fund for the City of New York. This program aims to pair graduate students from New York City schools with various city agencies.
The deadline for application appears to be April 1, 2012. So if you are or know someone who is eligible and interested, it would honor the memory of a great homeland security leader to apply.
A website contains all the relevant information and describes the fund:
The John D. Solomon Fund for Public Service was established by the family and friends of the late John D. Solomon, who was an accomplished journalist on homeland security and other public policy issues and who was devoted to public service. He was also an active member of his local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a passionate advocate of emergency preparedness and resiliency. He originated “In Case of Emergency, Read Blog – A Citizen’s Eye View of Public Preparedness.” In recognition of his contributions to these areas, the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have each established annual awards in his name.
The John D. Solomon Fellowship Program is the first student fellowship in New York City government devoted specifically to emergency management. This Program provides the opportunity for graduate students in New York City universities to have a nine-month paid fellowship (approximately 20 hours per week) in an agency of New York City government that is charged with helping the City be prepared for all types of emergencies. Each fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend for the year, will be assigned an agency mentor, and will participate in special programs with other fellows.