FEMA seeks volunteers for council

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for nominations for participants in the Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council.

The Youth Preparedness Council offers an opportunity for young leaders to serve on national council; complete a youth preparedness project of their choosing; learn about youth disaster preparedness from FEMA and other national organizations dedicated to youth preparedness; voice their opinions, experiences and share ideas and solutions; and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit, where the council meets with emergency management leadership to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters.

Participants are expected to represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and relay information within their communities. Each council member is expected to develop and complete one preparedness-related project specific to their region and interests. In addition to attending the summit this summer, council members will potentially participate in national, regional, state, tribal and local preparedness meetings and present their work. Members will meet with FEMA on a regular basis by conference call to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout the duration of their term.

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17, who is involved in individual and community preparedness, is encouraged to apply or be nominated to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. An individual may apply on their own behalf or can be nominated by an adult familiar with their youth preparedness activities. Individuals interested in applying must submit a completed application form, a narrative and a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation can be from any adult, including a parent, guardian, community first-responder or teacher. Applications that do not include a letter of recommendation will not be reviewed. Individuals interested in nominating a young leader to the council should complete the application form and narrative, but a letter of recommendation is not mandatory. Specific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found on the application.

All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 a.m. April 19 in order to be eligible.

Council members will be selected based on vacancies and announced in May 2013. Once selected, members serve on the council for one year, with the option to extend for an additional year, based on a formal request by FEMA.

For information about the Youth Preparedness Council and FEMA’s work on youth preparedness, and to access the application materials, visit ready.gov/youth-preparedness.