Rep. Grimm Encourages Young Leaders to Apply for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

Mar 25, 2013 Issues: Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK – Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) encourages young leaders age 12 to 17 to apply for FEMA’s  Youth Preparedness Council, which was announced today.  The council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national council, allowing them to learn about youth disaster preparedness from the leadership at FEMA and other national organizations dedicated to youth preparedness.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the youth of Staten Island and Brooklyn to give back to the communities ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and to help them better prepare for future events,” said Grimm. “Emergency preparedness is a crucial element in any disaster, and to engage our young leaders now will help ensure a future generation of prepared adults. I encourage those interested to register online and to call my office with any further questions or for assistance.”

Those who are chosen will attend the Youth Preparedness Council Summit, a meeting with emergency management leadership to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters. Council members may also participate in national, regional, state, tribal and local preparedness meetings.

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 his/her region and interests. In addition to attending the Summit in the summer of 2013, council members may participate in national, regional, state, tribal and local preparedness meetings and present their work.

It is expected that members will meet with FEMA on a regular basis via 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 engaged in individual and community preparedness is encouraged to apply or be nominated to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council.

An individual may apply on his or her own behalf, or can be nominated by an adult familiar with the individual’s youth preparedness activities.

Those 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.

All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 E.D.T. on April 19, 2013 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 more information about the Youth Preparedness Council and FEMA’s work on youth preparedness, and to access the application materials, please visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness.

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