The Nassau County Youth Emergency Team (YET) is a partnership between Nassau County Emergency Management and Nassau County 4-H to provide the Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) disaster preparedness training for local youth ages 11-18. During this 3-month program, the students will learn skills such as: disaster preparation and putting together supply kits, animal sheltering and behavior, search and rescue, stress management, disaster first aid, fire safety, and practice drills. Students are mentored by past participants, Emergency Management instructors and local subject matter experts. They also learn good communication and public speaking skills, and develop leadership skills that will benefit them now and in the future.
YET graduates have expressed that they feel empowered with skills to help themselves and others, gained confidence in public speaking, found a sense of “family” and belong, and most of all they have come to understand the vital role they can play in disaster. All graduates will earn a minimum of 40 community service hours for their participation.