East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association for his leadership in emergency preparedness and response.

Holden was honored recently at a statewide organization of emergency service personnel in New Orleans.

“Our reward for the work so many of us do in emergency planning and response comes in getting through an event without loss of lives or property,” Holden said.

Holden has led the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness through nine presidential declarations of emergency since taking office in 2005, including hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav and recent Mississippi River flood response.

His administration developed its own brand of community preparedness with “Red Stick Ready,” a campaign earning recognition from the National League of Cities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute as a national best practice in public education.

“We have focused on public education to help build a safer community, helping everyone from children to senior citizens become more aware and prepared for any type of hazard,” Holden said.