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FEMA Selects Banan Garada for the 2019-2020 Youth Preparedness Council

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July 16, 2019
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CHICAGO – FEMA welcomes Banan Garada from Urbana, Illinois as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2019-2020 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

FEMA created the YPC in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. The 15 council members will be attending the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 16-17, to meet with FEMA leaders and other youth preparedness affirmers to prepare for the year ahead.
Banan Garada was a key participant in the Illinois Preparedness Initiative (MyPI). She became Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)-certified, during this time, and excelled in a disaster simulation. As a member of her school’s Student Senate, she organizes fundraising and public outreach events for underrepresented groups around the world.

“Banan is the type of young person we’re excited to have as part of the Youth Preparedness Council,” said James K. Joseph, regional administrator for FEMA Region V in Chicago. “Along with the other council members, she’ll be an important leader in building a nationwide culture of preparedness and making a difference in communities across the country.”

During her time on the council, Banan would like to use technology to raise awareness for emergency preparedness among youth. She hopes to develop an interactive game that demonstrates the importance of and best practices in emergency preparedness. She also plans to introduce an annual preparedness event to raise awareness in her community.

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Last Updated: 
September 9, 2019 - 10:23