Students learn about basic fire safety, hazardous materials, and utility controls.
Instructors guide students in developing a basic disaster plan.
CPR training is one of the ways students learn how to help disaster victims.
MyPI Lawrence County
What is MyPI?
In 2014, the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI, named FEMA’s National Award Winner for Outstanding Youth Preparedness program. It also received an Honorable Mention recognition for “Preparing the Whole Community.” In 2015, MyPI was named one of the first entities to be named an official Affirmer of the new National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education. As such, MyPI is an engaged and recognized component of a nationally supported, progressive approach to preparing youth for emergencies and disasters.
For participants, MyPI is a flexible 5 to 10 week program in which ~3,500 Mississippi teens (aged 13-19) will complete the Homeland Security-certified Teen CERT training and CPR and AED certification. The program also includes leadership and teamwork opportunities and technology and career exploration tracks. Highlighting the program is a comprehensive family and community service project entitled "Prep + 6" in which each participant helps develop emergency supply kits and emergency communication plans for their family AND 6 additional families or households. Over a five-year time frame, these numbers allow MyPI to directly impact the lives of ~121,000 families across Mississippi by 2018.
MyPI is currently being taught in formal school settings across Mississippi through Allied Health classes, Law and Public Safety classes, and as part of Vo-Tech programs. It is also taught outside of school settings for organized youth programs, community agencies, etc. For additional information regarding program participation as a student, parent, volunteer instructor, or community leader, please download the official MyPI program brochure found on this website.
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Some adults don’t seem to have a lot of confidence that teens like ourselves can accomplish much and assist in emergency and disaster events. This isn’t too advanced for us. It’s not rocket science. Let us help. MyPI gives us guidance in preparedness and basic response skills while we wait for first responders to arrive. Thankfully, there are those out there that listen to us and want to get us involved. MyPI is a gift. Get involved in it if you have the opportunity.”
– Jonathan B.
Teens can be very dependable and they want to be engaged in our community. MyPI not only gives them an additional wealth of information that they can use indefinitely, but it is also the perfect tool to educate numerous families across the state.
- Jan W.
Teens involved with the MyPI program have the opportunity to make positive impacts in the lives of their families, friends, and neighbors. It is a chance to develop their skills and use their talents to improve the community.
- Aaron S.
Teens in my community should apply in order for them to be properly trained on how to prepare and to safety respond in an emergency to help their family, friends, and neighbors. I believe that MyPI will help teens build self-esteem and leadership qualities, a love for their communities, and possible career choices for their futures.
- Brenda C.
Serving as a MyPI Instructor gives me the opportunity to work with an energetic group of students who are an often overlooked resource when it comes to disaster preparedness/response.
- Aaron S.
I feel like I have learned more in this program than in any other when discussing emergency preparedness. The instructors have all been so helpful and really want us to make an impact in our preparedness efforts and those of our families.
– De’Andre S.
The service project and the focus on technology as well as the career track were great additions to already great Teen CERT curriculum. It’s such a great program and you leave with so many tangible skills and physical resources. I’m so thankful to have participated and have recommended others in my community.
– Keisha T.
Just take a look at all of the extreme weather events that have ripped through our towns and negatively impacted lives for many years to come. MyPI at least allows a stronger knowledge based and a more organized approach to preparing for, well, the inevitable, really.
– Jason S.
The PREP + 6 Service project really stands out to me as a great chance to give back to my community by assisting my family and my neighbors in building emergency supply kits and family communication plans. To know that I did my part to enhance the preparedness and safety of my family and neighbors really means a lot to me.
– Robert K.
Participating in MyPI will be a great experience for everyone. The teamwork, communication, and leadership opportunities that exist will benefit you in the long run. It’s actually a fun program and you learn a great bit of material that will protect your family and community.
– Sara C.
Without all the training I've obtained from Teen CERT, I wouldn't be able to help others in the way that I can now.
Teen CERT is unique. I've never heard of or seen a program like it that specializes in helping teens learn how to respond to a disaster.
Joining Teen CERT has given me the confidence to know that I can now respond to an emergency quickly and appropriately.