Approximately 30 percent of the world’s population is younger than 18 years old. By preparing youth to withstand, quickly adapt to, and successfully recover from emergencies, we foster more resilient communities before, during, and after disaster. Children are integral members of our families, schools, places of worship, and communities and have a unique ability to influence their peers and relatives. By teaching and educating youth on risks and preparedness techniques, a more holistic approach to diaster preparedness may be achieved.
Youth preparedness programs have evolved to meet the diverse needs of people in primary school through university. The suite of training tools available includes chapter-created programs and products that inspire action while engaging youth with hands-on activities.