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FEMA and Emergency Management Partner Organizations Release PrepTalks on Youth Preparedness

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July 10, 2018
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with organizations that collectively represent the emergency management profession, released today two video presentations from the PrepTalks Symposium on May 30, 2018 in Long Branch, NJ. These two presentations are from thought leaders in youth preparedness and provide concrete actions that can reduce children’s vulnerability to disasters.

“Youth preparedness is the foundation for building a culture of preparedness now and in the future,” said Dr. Daniel Kaniewski FEMA Deputy Administrator, Resilience. “Dr. Lori Peek and Sarah Thompson provide their expert advice in the PrepTalks released today. I urge you to click, watch, and take action.”

Peek’s PrepTalk, “Children and Disasters: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Capacity,” brings to life the progress, ongoing challenges, and possibilities to reduce the vulnerability of children to disasters. Dr. Peek shares her extensive experience working with children during disasters, including a young survivor of Hurricane Katrina.  Peek gives emergency managers five specific actions to take to reduce the vulnerability of children to disasters right now.

Thompson’s PrepTalk, “Youth: The Key to Building a Culture of Preparedness,” highlights how children are great mobilizers, actors, and connectors within their communities for building a culture of preparedness. Thompson uses her experience and sociological data to show how emergency managers can use the natural curiosity of children to build preparedness in their communities.

Videos of the presentations and question-and-answer sessions, a discussion guide on youth preparedness, and related resources are available at The final two videos from the May 2018 PrepTalks Symposium are scheduled to be released on July 24.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.




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Last Updated: 
July 10, 2018 - 12:26