Mississippi Wing Cadet Banks Is Chosen to Serve on FEMA Council
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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(L-R) Ahjeetha Shankar, C/SSgt. Ruben Banks, Mississippi Wing, Civil Air Patrol, and Kiahna Lee Espia were 3 of 15 youth chosen to serve on the 2017-2019 FEMA Youth Preparedness Council. (Photo Courtesy of: Macie J. Heyman)

By Macie J. Heyman, Miltech PR Distributions
Atlanta, Ga.--The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) welcomes Ruben M. Banks from Jackson, Miss. as one of the 15 national selectees for the 2017–2019 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).The FEMA YPC was formed in 2012 to bring together high school-age youth leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in emergency preparedness. The 15 council members are attending the YPC Summit in Washington, D.C., from July 18-19, to meet with FEMA leaders and prepare for the year ahead. “This is a great opportunity to hear new ideas and harness the talent and enthusiasm of these young leaders to better prepare their peers, their community and the nation for disasters,” said Region IV Administrator Gracia Szczech.

Ruben M. Banks was selected based on his demonstrated leadership as a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) member. At his local squadron, Banks is a cadet commander, squadron noncommissioned officer, communications officer, medic, and assistant ground team leader. In the CAP Mississippi Wing, Banks is a member of the Cadet Advisory Council and Wing Honor Society. The YPC new member selection panel was particularly impressed by his dedication to personally change the requirements within his CAP squadron, requiring each member to become emergency-certified or ground team members for the Mississippi Wing. Banks attends Jim Hill High School, home of the Tigers, in Jackson, Miiss.

“Cadet Banks is very committed to mission accomplishments,” said Raymond C. Leonard Jr., U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Senior Army Instructor. “I can always count on him to complete every assigned task on time with flawless results. He is bright, energetic and genuinely well-rounded with unlimited potential.

”During his time on the council, Banks would like to develop teams of area high school students certified in disaster relief as well as Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). He plans to have these small teams work closely, and even train with, local search and rescue, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Civil Air Patrol and the American Red Cross in aiding before, during and after a disaster in their local community.

To learn more about the FEMA Youth Preparedness Council, please visit: www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.
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Reviewed by: Lt Col Judy Steele
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Mississippi Wing, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters
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