The Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) was created in 2012 to bring together youth leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally.
The council supports FEMA’s commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides young people an opportunity to present their perspectives, feedback, and opinions to FEMA staff. Members regularly meet with staff and attend the annual Youth Preparedness Council virtual summit.
Glad you posted this. These activities have been steered away from the African American communities all across the country. If you’re interested, there are a number of such national initiatives that I’m aware of. One that is close to home is the Red Cross. In your position you could visit the Philly Red Cross and see about getting a volunteer recruitment activity started along with their youth activities. For the most part it’s been a closed shop in Delaware County which offers the poor white folks a measure of power and status they’d otherwise not have. The key features of volunteering for the Red Cross are as follows: 1. Free online training to qualify for position advancement across all the job fields in the Red Cross 2. Deployment to disasters involves: free flights, free food, free on scene transportation and living arrangements 3. When deployed each person gets a debit card with about $600 to be used for living expenses while deployed
I started my VISTA experience as a Philly Red Cross volunteer and served for 2 years there. Call me if you want to know more. Em Em
Thanks for that information Em.