We've told you about the Youth Preparedness Council (a great way for Children of CERT Team Members to get involved) in previous safety articles. Now is another great time to get involved! Ready_Back_Cover_Print_EN_20061215.inddThe FEMA Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together youth leaders from across the country who are highly interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness and making a difference in their communities. The Council 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 advocates for youth preparedness. The Council supports FEMA’s commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities and provides an avenue to engage the youth population, taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions. This year’s Council members attended the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in July 2014, meet periodically with FEMA representatives, and are working to complete a number of projects. The following profiles provide an overview of the Council members’ preparedness backgrounds, their work on current and completed projects, and any publicity they have received. To contact a member of the Youth Preparedness Council, please use the point of contact listed at the bottom of his or her profile The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The Council supports FEMA’s commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities and provides an opportunity for young people to offer their perspectives, feedback and insights on how to help make America more resilient. To apply, applicants must be 13 to 17 years old. They must also be engaged in individual and community preparedness or have experienced a disaster that motivated them to make a positive difference in their community. Adults working with youth or on community preparedness are encouraged to share the application with young people who might be interested in applying for the Youth Preparedness Council. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must submit a completed and two letters of recommendation. Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received no later than March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2015. For more information about completing and submitting the application, please visit: www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.