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July 16, 2019
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DENVER, COLO – FEMA welcomes Sibi Raja from Broomfield, Colorado 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.

Sibi Raja is an active member of Region VIII’s Youth Preparedness Council. His experience demonstrates his investment to a whole community approach to emergency preparedness. He holds an Amateur Extra radio license and presents to civic organizations about the intersection between radio communications and emergency preparedness. He is the vice president of his school’s student body, founder of his school’s Knowledge Bowl, and member of the Student Health Advisory Council.

“I am excited to see Sibi move from our Regional Council to the national level.  He has supported Region VIII and I can’t wait to see what he does with this national group.  FEMA works to help communities becomes more resilient, and empowering our youth helps us be more inclusive in building a culture of preparedness,” said Region 8 Administrator Lee dePalo.

During his time on the council, Sibi would like to promote emergency preparedness initiatives that cater to groups disproportionately affected by disasters. These groups include the elderly, animal owners, and people with access and functional needs.

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Last Updated: 
July 29, 2019 - 12:44