Posted: Jul 23, 2012 2:41 PM by Press Release
DENTON, Texas - Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the formation of its first Youth Preparedness Council.
FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for a select group of youth leaders to serve on a highly-distinguished national council and to share their opinions, experiences, ideas and solutions to strengthen the nation's resiliency for all types of disasters. Council members were nominated by individuals who can attest to their preparedness activities; they also demonstrate a willingness to represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and to take information back to their communities for sharing.
"Young people are integral part of preparing the nation for all hazards," said FEMA Region 6 Acting Administrator Tony Robinson. "They influence their family and their friends to be more prepared for any disaster that may happen."
The Youth Preparedness Council is comprised of 13 members (13-17 years of age) from across FEMA's 10 regions. They are all dedicated to public service; are making a difference in their community; and are expanding their impact as a national advocate for youth preparedness.
The distinguished members from FEMA Region 6 are Dorian Tre'Vaughn Gregory from Breaux Bridge, La., and Jonathan DeLong from Austin, Texas.
Council members will have the opportunity to participate in a community preparedness roundtable event in Washington, D.C., where they will advise and ask questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of national organizations working on this critical priority. Council members are eligible to serve for two years.
To learn more about FEMA's youth preparedness efforts, please visit http://www.citizencorps.gov/getstarted/youth/youthindex.shtm.