PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency welcomes Maxwell Hahn from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 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.
Maxwell developed a commitment to emergency management after witnessing the destruction to his community caused by Hurricane Sandy. Currently, he serves as a member of Cumberland County’s Youth Advisory Board, which educates local secondary school students about drug and alcohol abuse prevention and aims to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health treatment. Maxwell and his human geography class also raised thousands of dollars for the Cheery Centre in Nairobi, Kenya for early teen education. Max is interested in meteorology and amateur radio and is actively involved in Boy Scouts of America Troop 190. Finally, Maxwell exercises leadership in his community within Troop 190, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program, and many other volunteer organizations.
“The Youth Preparedness Council provides us with an opportunity to work with tomorrow’s leaders on how to solve challenges in their communities and build resilience,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region III. “We look forward to working with Maxwell on education outreach and supporting the communities across the nation in being better prepared for future disasters.”
During his time on the council, Maxwell would like to build a stronger national youth education program to influence emergency preparedness and to support FEMA operations. “I am excited to work with youth across the nation and within Region III to promote preparedness within our communities,” Maxwell stated.
To learn more about the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council, visit: www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.
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