FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council is made up of teens from across the nation who develop and promote preparedness projects. This is a select group of young people who have been through an application and vetting process. These teens shared how they got involved on Wednesday, July 20th in a live feed on the FEMA America’s PrepareAthon Facebook page.
Some great take away information that I got from the online webinar included two important things about equipping youth with the tools and skills that they need to feel more confident helping their family and community if there is a disaster. These were: 1. Build a kit or pack a Go Bag, and: 2. Have a plan. They shared that youth that are given the training and information that enables them to be prepared are less anxious about disasters. When there is a disaster event, prepared youth fare much better, and are able to rebuild their lives much more easily.
They also talked about how important it is to make preparedness activities fun. For some fun ways to engage youth in your community for upcoming America’s PrepareAthon activities, check out NFPA’s TakeAction page. There will be more activities showcased later this year! Let’s get the message to our youth and let them learn how they can empower themselves before a wildfire event by taking simple steps today.