Community Preparedness Webinar Series: National Summit on Youth Preparedness

Webinar recordings from National Summit on Youth Preparedness are now available!

On September 15-16, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Education, and the American Red Cross hosted the National Summit on Youth Preparedness. We invite you to view the recordings of the plenary sessions.

The Summit brought together approximately 180 attendees from the fields of youth communications, programs serving youth, developers of youth preparedness education, practitioners from the state, tribal, and local levels, and academia.  The goal of the Summit is to synthesize input from all participants to develop a framework for a national strategy on grades K-12 preparedness education to increase youth preparedness knowledge, skills, and behaviors, and to address youth of all abilities and backgrounds.  Proceedings from the Summit will be posted when available. 

Gail McGovern, President and CEO
American Red Cross

Bill Modzeleski, Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary
Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education

Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator
Protection & National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The White House Perspective: A Commitment to Youth
Brian Kamoie, Senior Director for Preparedness Policy - National Security Staff, The White House

Promoting Community Resilience in Disasters: The Role for Schools, Youth, and Families
Dr. Kevin Ronan, Professor of Clinical Psychology - Central Queensland University, Australia

The Way Children Learn: Implications for Youth Preparedness Education
Francie Alexander, Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer - Scholastic Inc.

Practices from Around the World

Jacob (Kobi) Wimisberg, Director of Strategy & Cooperation
National Emergency Management Authority, Israel Ministry of Defense

Chandrika Kumaran, Manager for Public Education
New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Daniela Peñaloza, Deputy Director
National Institute for Youth, Chile


Information on how to view our webinars

The Community Preparedness Webinar Series is conducted in DHS's HSIN Connect system. You do not need to register in advance, nor do you need a HSIN account in order to view our webinars. Audio for this webinar will be broadcast within HSIN Connect and you will hear the audio over your computer's speakers; there will not be a concurrent, phone-based teleconference. Questions and answers will be moderated via text-based chat inside the webinar. In order to ensure that your computer is capable of viewing our webinars and webcasts, we highly recommend that you read the below documents and perform the compatibility test prior to the start of the event. In addition, please ensure your computer's speakers are working prior to the webinar. If for any reason you have trouble accessing the system, please send an email to