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Youth Preparedness Camp 2020


FEMA Region 10 is seeking forty (40) high-school aged youth representing Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to attend a Youth Preparedness Camp near Anchorage, Alaska in July 2020. This will be an engaging and empowering way for teens to learn about and practice emergency preparedness. There will also be a variety of exciting leadership opportunities, team building, and of course, traditional camp activities to ensure a fun week for all. You can find additional information about camp here:

Developed under a youth engagement concept, this six-day, five-night camp, hosted and staffed by camp employees, contract staff, and FEMA personnel will teach students how to safely assist in the immediate aftermath of a disaster when the professional response may be delayed or limited. Subject matter experts and local emergency responders will support the curriculum delivery and introduce campers to various emergency response professions. As part of the camp program, youth participants will identify, develop, and present a concept for a give-back project where they will utilize their skills to improve preparedness in their communities.

The deadline to apply is 11:59pm PST on January 19, 2020. See below for application details.

Potential Give Back Projects

  • Support community events and engage with local community leaders;
  • Host a 5K to raise earthquake awareness and preparedness;
  • Volunteer with a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or drill, help with moulage;
  • Present on You are the Help Until Help Arrives to peers and/or community members; and
  • Start a club in school or in the community, such as a Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program, or Red Cross Club.

Funding, Travel, & Logistics

For those selected to participate, FEMA will fund all participants’ travel costs, including: lodging, meals, transportation to/from Ted Stevens Airport (ANC). It is critical that participants do not make any travel reservations on their own, as FEMA and contracted staff will assist with required documentation and coordination for travel. Parents/guardians will need to submit a signed waiver allowing their child to travel un-chaperoned. The waiver complies with camp guidelines, keeping safety the focal point of the entire experience.

Applicants will be notified by mid March on whether they've been invited to attend. Selected participants will receive a welcome packet, covering camp rules/policies, communication/emergency contact procedures, expectations, and a recommended packing list. Webinars will be held before camp to answer and address additional questions and concerns from participants and parents/guardians.



  • 14-17 years old between March 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020 (birthdate must be between August 2, 2002 and March 1, 2006)
  • Live in a Region 10 state: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington


  • Near Anchorage, Alaska


  • July 26 – 31, 2020

How to Apply

Interested applicants should provide a cover letter and resume to FEMA that addresses the following:

  • Name
  • Age and confirmation that your birthdate is between August 2, 2002 and March 1, 2006
  • Grade
  • Gender (for cabin assignment)
  • City
  • Confirmation you live in a Region 10 state: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington
  • Availability July 26 - 31, 2020
  • Why you want to attend this Youth Preparedness Camp?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
  • What interests you about disaster preparedness?
  • Whether you've been involved in any emergency/disaster preparedness activities or trainings. If so, please explain. (If not, that's okay, you'll still be considered! Everyone starts somewhere.)
  • Preparedness is a shared responsibility. Selected campers will create, present, and pursue a give-back project to empower whole community preparedness efforts. Describe your project idea and the community it services (e.g., build an emergency kit for furniture stores to offer alongside the purchase of a desk).
  • Assume you were given a slot at this camp. Fill in the blank. “During the 2020 Youth Preparedness Camp, the best thing I learned or experienced was _________________.”
  • How did you hear about this opportunity?
  • Did you attend or apply for the 2019 Youth Preparedness Camp?

All applications are due to FEMA by 11:59pm PST on January 19, 2020.

Application materials can be submitted electronically to the FEMA Region 10 Youth Preparedness Camp inbox at
If submitting your application electronically, please password protect all documents and send the password in a following email. We have instructions on how to password protect documents if you need them.

Or by mail to:

FEMA Region 10
Attn: Ilyssa Plumer
130 228th St. SW
Bothell, WA 98021

If submitting your application by mail, please include a privacy data coversheet and the best way to contact you.

Or by fax to: 425-487-4777

We want to host a camp that is inclusive of all participants. Please contact us if you have questions or need additional information about disability access or specific disability accommodations.

For further information or questions, please contact or phone: 425-487-4943.

Last Updated: 
01/09/2020 - 17:35