Neha is an 12th grade student from Oregon. She brings a variety of preparedness experiences and interests to the National YPC. Neha has participated in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) clean-up efforts during and after recent wildfires and ice storms in her state. Additionally, while living in India, she helped her community recover from flooding by distributing supplies and creating shelter for people in need. As the Region 10 YPC co-chair, Neha has hosted workshops to educate youth and adults about disaster medical operations, CERT, and general disaster preparedness. These experiences have inspired her to make a greater impact by taking part in disaster preparedness on a larger scale.
Neha comes to the YPC with a passion for making preparedness more inclusive, particularly for people with disabilities. Neha’s involvement in school programs focuses on those with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. She is currently working with disability specialists from FEMA to identify and address preparedness gaps within these communities, with the goal of creating programs and resources tailored to their needs.
In addition to her preparedness work, Neha is passionate about mental health and volunteers her time at a local hospital. She is president of Live to Tell, a student-led suicide prevention organization. Neha is vice president of the Key Club, a student-led service organization. She is also a three-sport varsity athlete, president of Future Health Professionals, and Region 10 YPC co-chair.
In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, swimming, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her friends.