Gordon County 4-H will offer the first My Preparedness (MyPI) youth training class in Georgia. MyPI, a two-time national award winning program, will be led by 4-H Agent, Allie Griner, and Gordon County Fire Chief and 4-H Volunteer, Doug Ralston. Griner and Ralston attended instructor certification by the National MyPI training team at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in January.
The MyPI training will be an eight week, three component program for youth to be trained for leadership in emergency preparedness and disaster management. In Component A, teenagers will complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency-certified Teen CERT training and corresponding modules focusing on Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety and Utility Control, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism and CERT. In Component B, the Add-On Catalog features certification in CPR and AED usage, along with a technology track comprised of awareness programs focusing on HAM Radio, NOAA Weather Radio, Smoke Alarm Maintenance, and Smart Phone App and Social Media in Emergency Preparedness. The Add-On Catalog also includes a Disaster Simulation, and a Career Track that focuses on public safety, fire service, and emergency management careers. The final element of the program, Component C, includes a comprehensive family and community service project entitled PREP + 6 in which each participant helps develop emergency supply kits and emergency communication plans for their family AND six additional families or households. This component allows for significant enhancement in individual, family, and community preparedness and resilience. To graduate from the program, students must complete all components. Graduates of this program will have certifications in Teen CERT, CPR/AED, National Weather Service Storm Spotters, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Incident Management System and will be recognized as the first Georgia graduates of the program.
The program is open to youth in 9th-12th grade and participants will be chosen based on an application process. Applications are available at the Gordon County 4-H website, ugaextension.org/gordon. Click on 4-H/Youth Development then Upcoming Events. Gordon County 4-H will accept youth training applications beginning Feb. 5 - 16, with classes beginning on Monday, March 5 and program graduation on Tuesday, May 1. To find out more about this youth preparedness training and how teens can be involved, contact the Gordon County Extension Office at 706-629-8685.