American Red Cross youth member selected in FEMA’s First National Youth Preparedness Council

Gabriela Rodríguez Boria is a young girl with a mission: promote the importance of being prepared for disasters.  She recently was selected in FEMA’s National Youth Preparedness Council, a society composed of a selected group of young leaders from around the nation where they express their opinions, experiences, ideas, and solutions to help strengthen the nation’s resiliency to prepare and respond to different types of disasters. Gabriela learned firsthand about preparedness thru her experiences gained in the American Red Cross Youth Council Reanima at Nuestra Señora Perpetuo Socorro School in Humacao, Puerto Rico.  With Reanima, she has participated in earthquakes and tsunami drills, has helped in her local community in various clothe and food drives, and even contributed to help the people in the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake.  At her 13 years of age, Gabriela is conscious that people who are prepared what to do, not only can help themselves but also help others.  She is the first American Red Cross volunteer to be selected in FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council; an accomplishment she considers not only a personal achievement, but a great responsibility and honor.  In her eyes, a volunteer’s job is more than to learn preparedness information, it’s everyone’s duty to share it with others, and help each neighbors and family members to be safe in any emergency or disaster.  Her experiences gained in the FEMA National Youth Council will help her to empower the people in her community to take action and to join her to achieve the same mission.

Picture below: Lee Vanessa Feliciano, Regional Executive Director of the American Red Cross Puerto Rico Chapter with Gabriela Rodríguez prior to her trip to Washington to attend FEMA’s National Youth Preparedness Council.

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