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Gearing Up for the 2021 Virtual Youth Preparedness Council Summit

July 2021

From Alaska to Massachusetts, ten new members have been selected for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). These ten new members will join five returning members this July for the three-day Youth Preparedness Council Summit. The theme for this year’s virtual event is “Equity into Everything: Building a Culture of Resilience for the Whole Community.” The Summit will highlight diversity in disaster preparedness and focus on how we can better serve the whole community through collaborative preparedness-related activities and discussion.

Our newly appointed Council members are:

  • Ranjana Ramesh – Region I – Massachusetts
  • Megan Cameron – Region II – New York
  • Mirika Jambudi – Region II – New Jersey
  • Beitris Boyreau-Millar – Region III – Maryland
  • Aubrey Dockins – Region IV – Florida
  • Amira Seay – Region VI – Texas
  • Alexia Nastasia – Region VII – Missouri
  • Isaac Doll – Region VIII – Colorado
  • Shivani Jayaprakasam – Region X – Washington
  • Miles Butler – Region X – Alaska

With an already impressive dedication to preparedness and public service – training fellow cadets in Civil Air Patrol, advocating for pet safety considerations in disaster planning, encouraging mental health education, or promoting underserved community representation – these ten new members hope to make their communities safer and more resilient. The Council provides young leaders from different backgrounds an opportunity to collaborate with peers from all over the country who share a similar passion for community preparedness.

Each year, 15 teens make up FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council. The next application cycle will open in early 2022. Teens in the 8th through 11th grades may apply online here.

To learn more about FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council, visit ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.

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