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NSU hosts second annual Oklahoma Youth Preparedness Camp, July 17-22

Open to students in grades 9-12

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Oklahoma Youth Preparedness Council will host the second annual Oklahoma Youth Preparedness Camp (OKYPC), July 17-22 on the Northeastern State University (NSU) Tahlequah campus.

The free overnight camp is open to students grades 9-12. Participants will stay in NSU residence halls.

The camp is geared to students who want to help their school and family become more prepared for emergency situations. Students will learn about community action planning and gain basic emergency response skills. At the end of the camp, all participants, including adult chaperones, will get a 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team certificate.

“We are thrilled to open our doors to this camp again after the pandemic forced us to postpone for two years,” said NSU Emergency Manager Andi Smith. “The camp is a great chance for students to develop leadership capabilities while having fun. They will leave with the basic life skills needed to improve the safety and resilience in their homes, schools and communities. Preparing these students is the greatest gift we can give them.”

The deadline to register is June 1. Sign up at https://forms.gle/WbK9CQw4UuPFynWd6

About the Oklahoma Youth Preparedness Council:

Since 2019, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security have worked with local emergency managers, tribes, volunteer agencies, youth and FEMA Region 6 to develop the Oklahoma Youth Preparedness Council. The council educates Oklahoma youth in emergency preparedness to develop future generations of resilient adults.

To learn how you can support the council and the OKYPC camp, visit nsualumni.com/okyouthcert. For more information, please contact tracey.bender@oem.ok.gov.