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Teenagers and other young people help their families, schools, and communities prepare for disasters. They can be leaders before, during, and after disasters. Whether you’re just starting to learn about preparedness, want to join or start a youth preparedness program, or are looking for materials to teach the next generation of preparedness leaders, you’ll find lots of options on this page to help you learn how to prepare for a disaster.

We all have a role to play in ensuring the safety of our communities. You, too, can make a difference!

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Youth Preparedness Council

Do you have a passion for community service and disaster preparedness? Join the Youth Preparedness Council!

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Join or start a Teen Community Emergency Response Team (Teen CERT) and be a leader in your community.

Resource Collections

Find what you’re looking for—even if you’re not sure yet.

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Youth Opportunities

Opportunities for youth to develop skills and be leaders. Explore

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High School

Resources for students in high school. Explore

More for Teens

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Develop Skills

Courses, trainings, webinars and PrepTalks. Learn more.

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Start a Program

Start a youth preparedness program. Learn more.

Last Updated: 03/10/2023

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