Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Youth Preparedness Council Accepting Applications

FEMA Now Accepting Applications for the National Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA is currently accepting applications from distinguished teens across the country for the National Youth Preparedness Council.   

The council offers an opportunity for youth in grades eight through 11 with a passion for preparedness to engage with FEMA to share ideas and feedback, grow their leadership skills, and support resilience in their communities through preparedness projects. They participate in an annual virtual summit with FEMA leaders and preparedness professionals to network and learn more about the field.  

Members are chosen based on their interest in preparedness and helping others, their involvement in their community, and their aptitude for working in a team and as a leader. Those who apply should express what preparedness means to them and how their skills and background could strengthen FEMA’s work. Their responses should provide a well-rounded overview of those who apply and should be taken from their schoolwork, community service, and leadership experiences. Applicants can apply through either a written or video response. 

The online application closes on March 6, 2022. Selected candidates will be notified in June 2022.  https://community.fema.gov/PreparednessCommunity/s/apply-to-ypc.


It is our goal to promote, coordinate and direct a comprehensive emergency management program which addresses mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery relative to disaster and major emergencies.


Four phases of Emergency Management support the mission of Peoria County Emergency Management Agency and accomplish the goals of the Peoria County Board:

  • Mitigation: To mitigate the effects of a hazard; Activities designed to reduce risk by either preventing the occurrence of an emergency or long-term activities to minimize the potentially adverse effects of an emergency.
  • Preparedness: To prepare measures for preserving life and minimizing damage resulting from disasters caused by enemy attack, sabotage, or other hostile action, or from natural or man-made disasters; Activities, programs, and systems that exist before an emergency and are used to support and enhance response to an emergency or disaster.
  • Response: To respond to disasters and emergencies to provide necessary assistance to minimize the impact of a disaster or emergency; Activities and programs designed to address the immediate and short-term effects of the onset of an emergency or disaster, to help reduce casualties and damage and to speed recovery.
  • Recovery: To recover from disasters and emergency in order to return the county to its normal state; restoring systems to normal.