In 2016, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Citizen Corps Council created the Arkansas Youth Preparedness Council. The Council, the first of its kind in the nation, brings together youth leaders from across the state who are highly interested and engaged in promoting youth emergency preparedness and making a difference in their communities. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in improving emergency preparedness and response within their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as advocates for youth preparedness. The Council supports the ongoing commitment from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to involve youth in preparedness-related activities and provide an avenue to engage the youth population, taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions.
The Pope County Youth Preparedness Council joins with our State and Federal partners to support this commitment to involve our community's youth in preparedness-related activities. Pope County YPC members will meet with Emergency Management staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives, and projects involving their schools and communities. YPC members will have the opportunity to visit with and learn from various response partners, serve as representatives to the state Arkansas Youth Preparedness Council and participate in the development and implementation of emergency preparedness projects and trainings. Membership is open to upcoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors.