Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time, often without warning. Disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts must take into account the unique needs of children, who make up roughly a quarter of the U.S. population.
Starting or getting involved with a youth preparedness program is a great way to enhance a community’s resilience and help develop future generations of prepared adults. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers numerous resources that can help.
- Download the Youth Preparedness Fact Sheet
- Subscribe to the Children and Disasters Newsletter
- Become a National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education Affirmer
- Learn about FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council
- Find a Program
FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council
FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities, by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. The YPC supports FEMA’s commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides an avenue to engage young people by taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions. YPC members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives, and projects. YPC members also attend the annual YPC Summit in Washington, DC, meet periodically with FEMA representatives, and work to complete a number of emergency preparedness projects. The YPC 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 supporters of youth preparedness.
Prepare with Pedro: Disaster Preparedness Activity Book
Prepare with Pedro: Disaster Preparedness Activity Book is a joint product of FEMA and the American Red Cross. Prepare with Pedro is designed to encourage youth and their families to be better prepared for disasters by offering safety advice alongside crosswords, coloring pages, matching games, and more.
Obtain copies of the activity book, now in both English and Spanish!
- Download and print by visiting: Prepare with Pedro: Disaster Preparedness Activity Book
- Order printed copies for free through the publication warehouse online or by phone at 1-800-480-2520 request publication number #2005 for the English version or publication number #2035 for the Spanish version.
If you have any questions, please visit the St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at http://sbpg.net/165/Homeland-Security-Emergency-Preparedness.