In brief

FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council Accepting New Member Applications

WASHINGTON D.C. — FEMA is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The council offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C.

The Youth Preparedness Council offers an opportunity for young leaders to complete a youth preparedness project of their choosing while learning about youth disaster preparedness from FEMA leadership and other national organizations. During their two-year term, council members will complete a national-level group project and share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions, and questions with FEMA and other preparedness organizations.

Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply. Youth interested in applying to the council must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and their academic records. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, March 8.

Students from Region V states who apply for the National Youth Preparedness Council will also be considered for a place on the Region V Youth Preparedness Council (Region V YPC). The Region V YPC is an additional service and leadership opportunity for high school students living in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

To access the application materials, read about the current council members, and for more general information about the Youth Preparedness Council visit www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness council. — G.G.

County board announces free computer security awareness

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with Wizer, is pleased to provide free computer security awareness training for all residents.

Genesee County Information Technology has created a link on the County website, www.gc4me.com where the training can be easily accessed. Select the Free Citizen Computer Security Awareness Training located on the Resident drop down list. With today’s threat landscape, understanding how to use technology safely should be a top priority for everyone. This training is available for both youth and adults covering many topics in short 1 to 2-minute videos. Topics Include: gaming, two factor authentication, gift cards, identity theft, job scams, sexting, smart devices, security questions and social media logins. There are also special guides to address common concerns including: smart home guide, safe online shopping guide, guide for senior citizens, guide for kids and teens and a guide for setting two factor authentications on many of the most popular online applications

Use these videos and guides as a framework for family discussions on the appropriate use of technology and how to let someone know if something may not be appropriate. Please enjoy the video training and check back frequently as new content will be added over time. — G.G.