Disasters and emergencies can occur at any time and anywhere. Planning for the response and recovery efforts must take into account the needs of our nation’s youth, which make up roughly a quarter of the population. By preparing our youth for such events, we can build community resilience and develop future generations of prepared adults.
9 Priority Steps for Creating a Nation of Prepared Youth
- Promote the importance of youth preparedness learning programs at the national, state, and local levels.
- Assess the quality and effectiveness of existing and new youth preparedness programs.
- Support the implementation of youth preparedness learning programs.
- Create positive relationships between youth and the first responder community.
- Link youth preparedness to family and community participation, especially in communities where English may not be the first language spoken (or understood) among adults, in other underrepresented communities, and inclusive of individuals with access and functional needs.
- Make school preparedness a key component of youth preparedness.
- Build and strengthen productive partnerships among stakeholder agencies and organizations.
- Identify opportunities to embed youth preparedness in youth culture.
- Design a sustaining, locally driven model for developing, designing, and delivering programming.
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something”. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).