The Youth Preparedness Council formed in 2012 and engages members in local and national emergency preparedness projects, bringing youth from across the Nation together who have a mindset for preparedness and community service. Each year, teens apply to the YPC for an opportunity to join FEMA in moving people to action. As part of the YPC, members can build leadership skills, represent their schools and communities, and share their perspectives, feedback, and opinions with FEMA.
If selected, over the course of a two-year term, members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input strategies, initiatives, and projects throughout the duration of their term.
Youth across the Nation have the opportunity to make a difference and transform the resilience and preparedness of their communities and beyond. Students 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, who have engaged in community service or are interested in emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply to serve on the YPC. Applications are due on March 1, 2020 and must be submitted online at the application website at https://community.fema.gov/
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) encourage all students 8th – 11th grade to apply for the opportunity to serve on the council. In 2016-2017, the council member for the region (Region IX) was Ms. Kiahna Espia, from Guam. Kiahna served on the council in 2016-2017 and was the co-chair for the FEMA Youth Preparedness Program in 2017.
For more information contact the Whole Community Preparedness Program Manager Jaimie Cruz (671) 688-0438 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For media inquiries, contact Public Information Officer Jenna Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at email@example.com.