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FEMA Announces 2014 Youth Preparedness Council Members

A big congratulation goes out to the new members of the 2014-2015 FEMA National Youth Preparedness Council! FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together youth leaders from across the country interested in advocating on behalf of youth preparedness and making a difference in their communities.

The Council supports FEMA's commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides an avenue to engage youth by taking into account their perspectives, feedback and opinions. Preparedness education empowers youth to keep themselves and others safe in an emergency; encourages them to share preparedness information with their families, schools and communities; and reduces anxiety about potential disasters.

View the full list of the distinguished members selected in 2014. To learn more about FEMA's youth preparedness efforts, please visit .

For even more information, please join the Introduction to the FEMA Youth Preparedness webinar on  Wednesday, June 11 at 2:00pm EST. During this webinar, you will learn about the tools, resources and personalized assistance that is available from the FEMA Youth Preparedness Technical Assistance Center. To register for the webinar, please visit click here .


Your Actions can Save Lives!

Are you cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or automated external defibrillator (AED) trained? If not, here's your chance! June 1 - 7 is the National CPR and AED Awareness Week ! Events this week highlight how lives can be saved if more Americans get prepared for emergencies by learning how to do CPR and use an AED.

In honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, American Red Cross Chapters across the country will conduct CPR and AED classes, demonstrations and events to raise awareness on the importance of CPR and AED training. Contact your local chapter to get the training programs you need in CPR and AED use or access this tool to find a National CPR and AED Awareness Week event near you!

You can also look into your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations and CPR and AED training!

Make a commitment to get CPR and AED trained as part of your own emergency preparedness plan and to be able to provide these services to your community in the event of an emergency! Have some fun and test your current knowledge with this quiz on what to do to save a coworker's life.


Three Cheers to Kansas City Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee

Please join us in congratulating the Kansas City Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC) for winning the National Homeland Security Conference 2014 Community Preparedness Campaign (CPC) award for their CERT Rodeo Video series. The CPC is awarded for developing an innovative approach to community preparedness that can be considered a best practices effort and can be replicated throughout the country.

Kansas City MEMC teamed up with FEMA to produce the CERT Rodeo in a Box series with the goal of providing versatile demonstration training and train-the-trainer information. The series includes eight videos:

  • Overview;
  • The Art of Grid Search;
  • Damage Assessment;
  • Preparedness on a Budget;
  • Decision Making;
  • Moulage;
  • Functional Needs; and
  • Introduction to Ropes and Knots.

To compliment the award winning videos, a manual was developed to assist users in planning and hosting their own CERT Rodeo. For more information on creating your own community preparedness training, drill or exercise check out these CERT Drills and Exercises documents !


Campfire Safety

As the weather gets warmer, Americans are heading out on camping adventures with their family and friends. Although camping adventures can be fun, safety must be at the forefront to ensure a good time for all. Let's get the facts now and prepare before venturing off into the great wilderness. As Smokey Bear has always said, “Only you can prevent wildfires !”

Always practice fire prevention when starting a campfire or grill in a woodland area:

  • Never build a campfire under trees or overhanging branches;
  • Clear a 10-foot area of pine needles & grass; and
  • Keep plenty of water on hand and have a shovel ready.

Once you've got your fire ablaze, do you know the suggested manageable size for a campfire and how to properly extinguish it? Check here to find out as well as read other safety tips .

If a wildfire starts in your camping area, evacuate immediately and call 9-1-1. To learn more about preparing for a wildfire disaster, download America's PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide today!


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