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Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities, by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. The YPC supports FEMA’s commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides an avenue to engage young people by taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions.

YPC members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives, and projects. YPC members also attend the annual YPC Summit in Washington, DC, meet periodically with FEMA representatives, and work to complete a number of emergency preparedness projects.

2018 - 2019 Youth Preparedness Council

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Hannah Schultz
Region V
Michigan

Hannah Schultz, age 16
Marine City, Michigan
Region V

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Nicole Muñoz-Casalduc
Region II
Puerto Rico

Nicole is a junior at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, WA .

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Nyla Howell
Region III
Maryland

Nyla is a sophomore at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. She has a strong passion for the study of natural disasters and

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Ruben Banks
Region IV
Mississippi

Ruben is a junior at Jim Hill High in Jackson, MS.

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Marcos Rios
Region IV
Georgia

Marcos is a sophomore and class president at Marietta High School in Marietta, GA where he is an active volunteer in his community of Kennesaw.

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Mackenzie Hinson
Region IV
North Carolina

Mackenzie Hinson, age 13
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Region IV

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Naomi Winston
Region VI
Louisiana

Naomi is a junior at Thibodaux High School in Thibodaux, LA. For the past two years, Naomi has served as the Louisiana representative for the Regio

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Maryam Choudhury
Region I
Connecticut

Maryam Choudhury, age 14 Windsor, Connecticut Region I

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Savannah Huff
Region VII
Missouri

Savannah is a junior at Joplin High School in Joplin, MO.

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Grace Harris
Region IX
California

Grace Harris, age 17
Folsom, California
Region IX

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Alissa Hsueh
Region IX
California

Alissa is a junior at Northwood High School in Irvine, CA.

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Lathan Chatfield
Region X
Washington

Lathan is a junior at Eastside Preparatory School in Kirkland, WA.