FEMA seeks teens for Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA is accepting applications for its Youth Preparedness Council until March. The council will work on a preparedness project and present it to FEMA leadership. | Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council.

Formed in 2012, the council involves teens in preparedness-related activities. It also provides them with the opportunity to give their opinions and feedback on how to make the country more resilient.

“Young people play a key role in advancing emergency preparedness and informing our efforts,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. “The Youth Preparedness Council offers FEMA the unique opportunity to benefit from the perspectives of young people, while also empowering them to engage with their communities to increase readiness.”

Applicants must be 13 to 17 years old and be involved in community or individual preparedness. Those who have lived through a disaster and have been motivated to change their community should also apply. FEMA encourages those who applied last year to submit another application.

Members on the council will work on a youth preparedness project that they select and will share their ideas, questions, opinions and solutions with FEMA leadership.

Those interested should complete an application and submit two letters of recommendation by March 2. Applications can be found at www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council. The new members will be announced in May.

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