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Youth Preparedness Council

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In an effort to help youths aged 12 to 17 to be more involved in their communities by making a difference in emergency preparedness, FEMA is looking for applicants for its National Youth Preparedness Council. They have shared the following press release:

FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council


Washington – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking nominations for participants in the Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).


The Youth Preparedness Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national council; to complete a youth preparedness project of their choosing; to learn about youth disaster preparedness from the leadership at FEMA and other national organizations dedicated to youth preparedness; to voice their opinions, experiences, and share innovative ideas and solutions; and to 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 his/her region and interests. In addition to attending the Summit in the summer of 2013, council members will potentially 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/her own behalf, or can be nominated by an adult familiar with his/her 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 mandatorySpecific 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 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.


If you have any further questions, please contact Citizen Corps at (202) 786-9550 or CitizenCorps@dhs.gov .


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.



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National Flood Safety Awareness Week

Next week, March 17 – 23, is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. You may not give flooding a lot of though, but if you get rain, you can get floods. That means you must be prepared for them.

FEMA will be offering lots of tips all week to help you get ready for the possibility of floods. I thought we’d kick things off early by showing you how devastating floods can really be.

Never drive on flooded roads. The water may not look deep, but that may be deceptive. And even just a few inches of water and carry your car into much deeper water.

And make sure you have an emergency kit for yourself and your pets.

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Finding Assistance After a Disaster

assistance after a disaster

You already know how important it is to be prepared. You have a first aid kit, a survival kit, kits in your car and in your office. You have taken extra precautions to be ready for tornadoes, hurricanes or whatever disaster is common where you live.

Sometimes, no matter how prepared you think you are, you still need a little help to get back on your feet after a disaster. Do you know how to find the help you need?

With 17 government agencies offering 70 forms of disaster assistance programs, wading through all the paperwork can feel like another kind of disaster all together – one that could make you want to give up trying to get help.

Fortunately, there is help available if you are seeking federal aid including help from FEMA or the SBA. DisasterAssistance.gov is a one-stop source to make applying for assistance a little bit easier. There, you can apply for assistance online and also check the status of your application.

Fill out a questionnaire and you will find out which programs you may qualify for. To apply, have your social security number, insurance information, damage information, financial information, contact information, and if you are approved for assistance, you can also give direct deposit information.

You may also qualify for state and local programs. To find out what kind of local help is available, contact your county’s Department of Health and Human Services.

We all strive to be self-sufficient, but when our own preps and help from family and friends isn’t enough, it is nice to know someone else may be able to give a helping hand.

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Terrorist Attacks on America

Terrorist Attacks on America

You might feel completely safe living in the U.S., but since 1920, there have been about 49 terrorist attacks on Americans, either in the U.S. or on Americans living abroad.

There are several terrorist hazard possibilities that you should be aware of:

  • Biological threats
  • Chemical threats
  • Cyber attacks
  • Explosions
  • Nuclear blasts
  • Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)

It is important to teach your family how to respond to various situations, just in case there is a terrorist attack where you live. Everyone should have an emergency kit, a terrorist kit, and an emergency plan to be prepared for any type of emergency situation. In addition, you should know what the warning system and disaster plan is in your community.

For biological threats, FEMA recommends installing a HEPA filtration filter in your furnace return duct or a stand-alone portable HEPA filter.

Choosing a safe room for your family is wise for shelter in place situations. Keep duct tape and plastic sheeting close by, along with your other terrorist supplies, to help seal off the room to protect from chemical threats. Keep emergency supplies in this room so you have what you need without leaving the safe room.

If you live in an area that may be prone to nuclear attack, think about where you can go in your home that will give you the most distance from the fallout. This could be a basement or central room in the building.

Keep your supplies in this room or be prepared to move them into it quickly. You may need to remain here for some time. The intensity of radioactive fallout decreases over time, with the highest intensity being within the first two weeks. After that time, the intensity is only about 1% of the original radiation level.

To keep aware of terrorist alerts, visit the National Terrorism Advisory System.

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Making a Family Emergency Plan


One of the goals in FEMA’s Resolve to Be Ready initiative is for families to have an emergency plan outlining how you will communicate and find family members when a disaster strikes.

They emphasize that your family may not be all together in a disaster. Children may be at school; parents may be at work. For this reason, it is important to think about various situations and practice what you will do in each situation.

FEMA also recommends that each person in the family have a contact card in their purse, backpack or wallet. This card should have identification information as well as out of state emergency contact information of a family member or friend who can be reached in an emergency. Family members can contact this person to notify them that they are okay and where they are if a disaster strikes.

Your emergency contact should be programmed into your cell phone and labeled as ICE, which means ‘in case of emergency’. If you are injured and unable to contact anyone, emergency personnel will look for this number to call your emergency contact.

Of course, you will want to notify the person you choose so they know they are your emergency contact.

You should also teach your family to text emergency info in a disaster. Even if you can’t call because the networks are too busy, a text can often get through. This way, you can notify your family members that you are safe and tell them where you are.

Find out the emergency plan for your school, place of employment and church so you know how a disaster will be handled. Print this Family Emergency Plan pdf to make a plan for your family. It gives you an outline for your emergency plan as well as contact cards for each family member.

A copy of this plan should be kept in your emergency kit. In fact, it would be smart to keep a copy in your home kit as well as your car kit, and any place else that you keep emergency supplies, such as at work.

Do you have a family emergency plan?

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