CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Alexander Falcone, the city’s Director of Emergency Management, Special Events and City Security, has been awarded the prestigious IAEM Clayton Christopher Award – an award that annually honors those who embody Clayton R. Christopher’s unselfish dedication to emergency management programs.
Regarding Falcone’s recognition, Mayor Scott Brook said, “The IAEM Clayton Christopher Award recognizes unselfish devotion and outstanding contributions to emergency management programs; these are two of the many incredible characteristics Alex embodies. He has been at the forefront of the city’s emergency responses throughout natural disasters and the current COVID-19 pandemic. His strong call to public service led him to the City of Coral Springs, and it is his devotion and leadership that is essential to making ours the best city to live, work and raise a family. We are very proud to call Alex our own!”
Falcone oversees the Office of Emergency Management, directs security strategies for city facilities and develops safety operational plans for large-scale, city-run events. This year, under Falcone’s Emergency Management leadership and direction, Coral Springs was listed 24th in Florida’s Safest Cities by the independent review site SafeWise.
City Manager Frank Babinec, who has worked alongside Falcone for four years, said, “Our city is fortunate to have Alexander serve in such an important role. To receive this prestigious award is a testament to his leadership, strong work ethic, impeccable character, and commitment to public service, all of which make our city stronger and safer. I am very proud of his accomplishments and proud to have him on our leadership team.”
Falcone demonstrated great leadership in emergency management before, during and after Hurricane Irma. He was instrumental in evacuating 10,000 residents, including homeless communities, skilled nursing facilities and ensuring security at our city’s shelters. His leadership truly stood out in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in 2018, immediately providing mutual aid to the City of Parkland. Falcone developed the ALERT Coral Springs emergency management tool to better communicate with residents during emergencies and earned the city “Storm Ready Community” designation from the National Weather Service.
In 2016, Falcone began his career with the City of Coral Springs, serving as the Emergency Manager. In 2017, he was recognized as the Coral Springs Police Department’s Employee of the Year. In 2018, he graduated from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, and, in 2019, Alex was recognized as a National Finalist in the highly competitive White House Fellowship program.
The IAEM Clayton Christopher Award will be formally presenting to Director Falcone during the IAEM National Conference in November, which will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.