On Tuesday, FEMA announced the application period is now open for the 2019 National Youth Preparedness Council. This program brings teens together from across the country who are interested in community preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply. Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, provide two letters of recommendation, and academic records. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific, March 31. New council members will be announced in May. To access the application materials, read about the current Council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council. FEMA Region V—which includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin—has been represented on past national councils with participants from Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.