Faith Berry

Opportunities for youth in the preparedness arena

Blog Post created by Faith Berry Employee on Feb 16, 2018

NPFA and FEMA have opportunities for youth to learn about and get involved in preparedness activities.


FEMA announced that it is seeking applicants for the Youth Preparedness Council, which brings together teens from across the country who are interested and engaged in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.


Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, provide two letters of recommendation, and academic records. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than March 18, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT in order to be eligible. New council members will be announced in May 2018.

To access the application materials, read about the current Council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit


NFPA has opportunities for youth to participate in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.  Youth groups can apply for $500 awards to help complete wildfire preparedness activities such as helping with community clean-up projects.  They can also use the mapping link to put their project on the map and share with others that they are working on a project on May 5th.


Youth can also learn more about wildfire preparedness on NFPA’s TakeAction page.  Resources include, virtual field trips with accompanying lesson plans, a handout about how to create a go kit, and information about how to safely evacuate pets.  Young people have an important role to play in helping to create communities that are more resilient in the face of natural disasters such as wildfire.


Photo shared with NFPA's Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Campaign and calendar image shared with NFPA by FEMA contact Sara Varela.