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 CEOAmerican Red CrossBill Modzeleski, Associate Assistant Deputy SecretaryOffice of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of EducationTim Manning, Deputy AdministratorProtection & National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management AgencyU.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

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

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

Practices from Around the World

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

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

Daniela Peñaloza, Deputy DirectorNational 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

Last Updated: 01/02/2014