In an exciting virtual event hosted by FEMA Region X, 35 teens took part in an interactive Youth Preparedness Workshop in July. Chosen from more than 550 applicants across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, the young leaders attended the three-day workshop to learn Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basics. They met with state preparedness officials and put their new skills to the test during a virtual disaster exercise.
Each participant applied for the program with an idea for a “give back” project designed to strengthen preparedness in their community. These projects will be implemented over the next year. Previous projects include earthquake drills on school buses and preparedness presentations on the neighborhood site Nextdoor.
Participants received CERT backpacks filled with preparedness materials to inspire them to create their own disaster supply kits. The virtual workshop was held in place of an in-person Youth Preparedness Camp due to COVID-19.
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