LOCAL - Disaster Services: Community Preparedness Team Member - Youth Programs

LOCAL - Disaster Services: Community Preparedness Team Member - Youth Programs

The purpose of this position is to implement preparedness programming for youth throughout our Greater New York Region.

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Bronx County,Fairfield County (Greenwich CT),Kings County (Brooklyn),Nassau County,New York County (Manhattan),Queens County,Richmond County (Staten Island),Rockland County,Suffolk County,Westchester County

Key Responsibilities

The Pillowcase Project and Prepare with Pedro are national youth preparedness programs offered by Red Cross regions across the country. Both provide emergency preparedness education in the form of presentations that range in length from 30 to 60 minutes and address local hazards, psycho-social coping skills, household preparedness steps and/or home fire safety. 

The Pillowcase Project is aimed at youths in grades 3 – 5 (ages 8 to 11) and Prepare with Pedro is aimed at children in grades K – 2 (ages 4 to 7). 

Youth benefit from a standardized curriculum, workbooks, storybooks, quizzes and activities.

  • Conduct preparedness presentations given to youth in schools, community settings or virtually 
  • Successfully complete all training requirements including teach-back sessions 
  • Ensure all reporting data for each presentation given is collected and given to regional staff in a timely manner 
  • If appropriate, will hand out and collect materials from students, help with classroom management, grade quizzes, and work with individual students during activities 
  • If presenting in person, may need to coordinate logistics such as readying presentation supplies and coordinating material pick up and drop off 


  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and experience engaging and presenting virtually
  • Has experience with online meeting applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Classroom
  • Dynamic personality that relates well to youth in the target age group 
  • Comfortable presenting an interactive curriculum to youth in school, in community settings and virtually 
  • Working knowledge of emergency preparedness, including protective actions for various hazards, or a strong desire to learn about emergency preparedness and protective actions in order to teach them to youth 
  • Flexible and willingness to teach new ideas and concepts, such as the psychosocial "coping skills" 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through with minimum supervision 
  • Reliable, punctual, good time management skills 
  • When presenting in person, must have the ability to arrange own transportation to the Red Cross office to pick up materials, travel to event location, and return materials, etc. to the office at the end of the presentation 

Time Commitment

  • This position requires driving as you will need to transport yourself to various venues.
  • This position requires availability during the day, Monday through Friday.
  • Volunteers should be available during the early morning and afternoon.
  • Total time needed is approximately 10 - 12 hours per month.

Posted on 11/22/21 by S. Wolfe as per D. Wohlenberg

Development Opportunities

Advancement within the disaster workforce, mentoring opportunities, develop technical expertise in preparedness programming, develop leadership skills, build skills through training provided. 


Length of Appointment

1 year commitment, renewable


Works closely with all other Preparedness team members to ensure team goals are achieved. 


  • Foundational Presenter Training 

    • Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview (Required)  
    • Everyone's Welcome (Required)  
    • Psychological First Aid (Recommended)  
    • Basic Instructor Fundamentals for Youth (BIF-Y), 60-75-minute on-line course 
    • Basic Instructor Specialty Training (Recommended) 
    • Review all relevant preparedness program, Prepare with Pedro, and Pillowcase Project materials that are posted on The Exchange.  
    • Participate in regular calls and webinars with national and divisional teams 

    Prepare with Pedro Training 

    • Prepare with Pedro Presenter Fundamentals Module 1 (web-based 60-90-minute or instructor led 3 hours) 
    • Prepare with Pedro Presenter Fundamentals Module 2 (in-person teach-backs 3-4-hour course) 
    • Prepare with Pedro Presenter Fundamentals Module 3 (web-based assessment, 25 questions)  
    • Prepare with Pedro: Home Fire Presentation Demonstration Video (YouTube 30-minute) 
    • Basic Instructor Specialty Training (Recommended)  
    • Other Region-Specific Training (Recommended) 

    Pillowcase Project Training 

    • The Pillowcase Project Presenter Fundamentals Module 1 (web-based 60-90-minute or instructor led 3 hours) 
    • The Pillowcase Project Presenter Fundamentals Module 2 (in-person teach-backs 3-4-hour course) 
    • The Pillowcase Project Presenter Fundamentals Module 3 (web-based assessment, 25 questions) 
    • The Pillowcase Project: Presentation Demonstration Video (YouTube 30-minute) 

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