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.