4-H Youth Emergency Team Graduates 5th Cadre

On Thursday, December 1st Nassau County 4-H and Emergency Management celebrated the graduation of their 5th Youth Emergency Team (YET) cadre. Far too often in life youth are expected to follow an adult’s lead, especially in emergency situations. However, these organizations recognize the importance of empowering our youth with life-saving measures now. In YET, graduates must pass a written test and practical drill where they demonstrate their abilities to work as a both independently and as a team by: extinguishing fires, assessing/searching disaster scenes and rescuing trapped victims, administering first aid, calmly providing professional communication to victims and first responders, setting up & manning animal shelters, and managing animals in disaster scenarios including first-aid and low-stress handling and so much more. On top of these requirements, each cadre member completes a capstone public communication outreach project, additional homework, creating their family animal and human disaster kits/plans, and over 25 hours of afterschool instruction.

This year we are welcoming 15 new YET graduates!

  • Gage Bryan
  • Ava Draughn
  • Lily Dunham
  • Lukas Eiras
  • Isabella Eiras
  • John Hardin
  • Theresa Hardin
  • Nicholas Hardin
  • Eva Hawkes
  • Amelia Hawkes
  • Eden Hawkes
  • Elena James
  • Brooke McCormick
  • Alexis Sizemore
  • Sophia Causer

This year we also handed out graduation superlatives.

  • Overall YETie: Brooke McCormick
  • Future Emergency Management Director: Eva Hawkes
  • Outstanding Mentor: Theresa Hardin
  • Future Doctor: Eden Hawkes
  • Future Veterinarian: Elena James
  • Most Organized: Ava Draughn
  • Future Fireman: John Hardin
  • Most Improved YETie: Lukas Eiras
  • Rescuer Down Under: Gage Bryan
  • Outstanding Patient Care: Nicholas Hardin

Thank you to all five Major YETies Natalie Stevenson, Lillian Peeples, Gabriel Gierhahn, Lainey Walters, and Seth Benenate for returning to help lead this program. Additionally we want to send special thanks to the county partnering agencies for teaching this YET group: Nassau County Animal Services, Nassau County Sheriff Dispatch, Station 71, Starting Point, Dr. Sarah Spelsberg, Jim Bollenbacher and our NCEM director Tim Cooper and of course all the staff support from the Nassau County Emergency Management



Posted: December 12, 2022

Category: 4-H & Youth, Disaster Preparation, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: 4-H, Community Resilience, Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness, Nassau County, Nassau County 4-H, YET, Youth Emergency Team

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