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Roberto Cardenas

California in Region IX
Roberto (RJ) Cárdenas
Roberto (RJ) Cárdenas


Roberto (RJ) is a Senior at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, CA. RJ is active in his school, his local community, and his region. He is a Vista Murrieta High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Officer, and currently holds the rank of Captain. He is also an active member of school government, holding a position in both Associated Student Body and Senate. RJ is also Temecula Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained and is a Teen CERT member. Finally, he is heavily involved in youth preparedness as a member of the FEMA Region IX YPC.

During his time on the national YPC, RJ would like to expand the FEMA Region IX Youth Emergency Preparedness Program (YEPP) to the national level. The YEPP is a one-day program including speakers, hands-on scenarios, and training that provides a unique take on disaster preparedness by involving students in what occurs during an emergency on a leadership level. The goal of the program is to educate youth on emergency preparedness and all-hazardous events such as earthquakes, floods, droughts, fires, terrorism, and relevant other disasters.