MSU’s Emergency ‘MyPI’ Youth Initiative Earns High Marks

Mississippi State Extension assistant professor Ryan Akers was recently honored for his effort to develop and implement emergency practices that help families prepare for disasters. His program, Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative (MyPI), aims to assist communities to become more resilient and reactive in times of emergency. Through MyPI outreach, students work with their families plus six others to develop emergency supply kits and family communication plans. Akers will have an opportunity to speak at the White House and the FEMA headquarters about his program, which will offer youth an insight into a career they may not have previously considered.

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