• Fire Safety
    Students learn about basic fire safety, hazardous materials, and utility controls.
  • Disaster Preparedness
    Instructors guide students in developing a basic disaster plan.
  • CPR Training
    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.

Student Perspectives of MyPI


News & Events

Hurricane preparedness lessens stress when a disaster strikes

June 05, 2015
by Ryan Akers

By Brittany Jacks MSU Ag Communications STARKVILLE, Miss. — Boxes of supplies can provide important lifelines when storms and other disasters threaten to uproot a household. It has been 10 years since the devastation... Continue Reading »

Preparedness initiative gains national attention

March 19, 2015
by Ryan Akers

STARKVILLE, Miss. — A Mississippi State University youth initiative is joining an elite group of programs that focuses on emergency and disaster preparedness in communities across the nation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, American... Continue Reading »

MSU youth initiative, coordinator earn awards

September 19, 2014
by Ryan Akers

By Linda Breazeale MSU Ag Communications MISSISSIPPI STATE — A Mississippi State University Extension Service youth initiative and its coordinator earned national honors this month for efforts to prepare communities for disasters. September is... Continue Reading »