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On July 23, 2012, FEMA announced the formation of its first Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). The Council supports FEMA’s emphasis on and dedication to involving the whole community in preparedness-related activities. “Engaging youth is an integral step in preparing the nation for all hazards,” says FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  

YPC is a unique opportunity for up to fifteen youth leaders from across FEMA’s ten United States regions to serve on a highly distinguished national council and to represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness. YPC members voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, and solutions to help strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of emergencies and disasters, and these inputs help inform FEMA’s youth initiatives. YPC members are also encouraged to bring preparedness information back to their communities, and to launch or engage in youth preparedness initiatives within their communities.

Visit the Apply to Join [hyperlink to this page] section to learn more about getting involved with YPC. You may also visit our Catalogue of Youth Disaster Preparedness Education Resources for a list of additional youth preparedness programs with which to get involved.