Emergency Preparedness Team Member - Youth Programs

Emergency 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

Prepare with Pedro is a national youth preparedness program offered by Red Cross regions across the country. It provides emergency preparedness education in the form of presentations that range in length from 30 to 60 minutes. This preparedness program  addresses local hazards, coping skills, household preparedness steps and home fire safety. 

Prepare with Pedro is aimed at children in grades K – 2 (ages 4 to 7). 

Youth benefit from a standardized story book and activities. With youth preparedness you will:

  • 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 


For our Preparedness positions travel to nearby boroughs or counties is required. You do not have to have a drivers license to volunteer in this position. 

Volunteers may also be required to pick up materials at our chapter locations, give the presentation at the venue and then return the materials to our chapter offices.

Materials can also be picked up by the volunteer ahead of a presentation.


  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and experience engaging and presenting virtually
  • 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 

Time Commitment

  • In-person position
  • Weekday daytime availability 9am-2pm Monday through Friday
  • Most of the youth presentations occur in the morning.

Minimum of 2 presentations a month


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, 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) 

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