The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service is the first student fellowship with the City devoted specifically to emergency management. The program provides 10 graduate students in the New York City area with the opportunity to complete a nine-month, paid fellowship in an agency of New York City government or a nonprofit organization.
Sponsored by NYC Emergency Management, the program was established by the family and friends of the late John D. Solomon, an accomplished journalist on homeland security and a devoted public servant. An active member of his local NYC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), John was a passionate advocate of emergency preparedness and resilience, and originated "In Case of Emergency, Read Blog - A Citizen's Eye View of Preparedness." In recognition of his many contributions, NYC Emergency Management created the John D. Solomon CERT Award for Exemplary Service in Emergency Preparedness Education in 2011, and in 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established the national John D. Solomon Preparedness Award. Also in 2012, NYC Emergency Management initiated the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service, and had its first graduating class. Since then, the program continues to grow.