America's Safe Schools Week
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Students and educators across the country will be learning about school safety and emergency preparedness.

September was National Preparedness Month, but students and educators are preparing with safety procedures this month. America’s Safe Schools Week will be from Oct. 18 to 24. Schools will be teaching students and staff about safety procedures and promoting safe school environments. Many schools are also proactively engaging in emergency preparations.

In 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) to bring together youth leaders from across the country who are engaged in youth preparedness.

Council members are committed to involving other youth in various community preparedness activities, including at schools. For example, Council member Kiahna Lee Espia organized a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the Harvest Christian Academy in Guam. In addition to disaster response training, CERT members also train in First Aid, Basic Life Support, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), skills that can be used to help injured students and faculty if a disaster strikes the school.

During National Preparedness Month, The U. S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) organized a campaign to promote teen preparedness. Follow #Teens4Prep on Twitter and check out this special videos series of teens discussing how they prepare their communities.

America’s PrepareAthon! also helps schools prepare for emergencies by providing guidance on conducting discussions and holding table top exercises. Download hazard-specific Playbooks and other valuable resources today!

Visit the YPC website to learn more about the exciting ways Council members have engaged the youth in their communities. For more information on America’s Safe Schools Week, visit

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