Teenagers all over the United States are promoting health in their communities during disasters and everyday life. Through social media, these teens are raising awareness and sharing how they contribute to their own communities’ safety.

Tracy Onchawari, a Minnesota teen part of the Medical Reserve Corps, helps her community by going through emergency scenarios on mannequins that “sweat, cry and moan and bleed.” Elisabeth Cipus is studying cultural competency at HOSA Future Health Professionals to help others on a day-to-day basis and during disasters. Danny Recinos is CPR certified and is also learning American Sign Language to prep for emergencies in his community.

Elisabeth Cipus is learning cultural competency to help her community during a disaster.
Elisabeth Cipus is one of many teens helping her community prep for everyday issues and unexpected disasters.

To keep up with these teens or to join in on the conversation, make sure to follow the hashtag on Twitter #Teens4Prep. You can also follow the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on Twitter at @PHEgov.

September is also National Preparedness Month. and FEMA are urging communities to organize and prepare for hazards and disasters like floods, wildfires, hurricanes and power outages. The weeks of events lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day on Sept. 30.


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