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  • Youth Preparedness Council

    Time is running out! Applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) close on March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

    LEARN MORE: Youth Saving Tomorrow

    FEMA-YouthTeens from across the nation have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by joining the YPC. Young people on the council work to better their emergency preparedness skills to help ensure readiness and recovery in their own neighborhoods and beyond. All students in grades 8-11, who have engaged in community service or are interested in being an ambassador for emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply.

    Are you an adult working with youth or emergency management? Share the application with those you believe might be interested in applying today. Applicants must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records.

    Applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. PST on March 31, 2017.

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  • Youth Saving Tomorrow

    Learn about a great opportunity to develop an emergency management career. FEMA Corps is an AmeriCorps service program where teams of young adults from 18-24 receive FEMA training, equipment, and deploy on assignments across the country. Members work alongside FEMA staff to support disaster response, recovery, and preparedness.

    FEMA Corps: A Pathway to an Emergency Management Career

    Webinar Direct link to join webinar: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/r2ds8o04rca/

    March 14, 2017                 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

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  • 3 Ways You Can Use Smartwatches to Keep You Safe

    Smartwatches are becoming the next must-have gadget. You can receive notifications, answer calls, connect to your smart devices, track your fitness, listen to music and navigate your area. Smartwatches are reliable and easily accessible, which also makes them more useful than smartphones in dangerous situations. Let's take a closer look at the features that help keep you safe.

    Panic Button

    "Emergency Panic Button" is an app that you can install on your smartwatch that allows you to contact family, friends and emergency numbers in the case of an emergency situation. After a quick update to your contacts list, a simple press of a button uses your GPS to send your location to those listed. It automatically calls the person at the top of your list and provides a home screen or lock screen widget. Don't worry if your GPS isn't turned on, either — the app does so automatically once you press the panic button. This app also gives you the option of linking to social media platforms.

    If you're feeling nervous because your kids are late or a friend isn't answering her calls, you can send a location request with the app to set your mind at ease.

    Alerts

    The great thing about a smartwatch is that it's hard to lose since it's attached to your body. This means you're less likely to miss alerts and notifications. Be proactive about your safety by signing up to receive alerts on your smartwatch. You can sign up for a wide variety of alerts on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, download the FREE FEMA app, or you can download apps like the "Amber Alert" app or those related to places you visit frequently, such as a school campus or your neighborhood. With these alerts, you know that you'll be aware of your surroundings and any potential danger there.

    Voice-Activated Calls and Messages

    Texting or typing out a full telephone number and message takes time. You also might make errors or click on the wrong contact, causing even further delay. Smartwatches enable you to vocalize a message or use voice commands to make a call. This may increase your safety in certain situations, such as when you're driving or trying to quickly call for help.

    The speed and accuracy of voice commands make it a reliable method of communication when time is of the essence. In addition to having voice commands, many new devices have preset texts you can send instantly, clear audio to avoid confusion and a battery that lasts two to three days. The Apple Watch also lets you use Siri to complete tasks and use the voice command features.

    Due to their wearability, small size and various features, smartwatches are well suited for keeping you safe. Make use of these features in your day-to-day life so you know how to use them if you ever need to. Stay alert of your surroundings and stay up to date with the latest safety apps and features to ensure your security at any time, any place.

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