AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin teenager Obie Jones will join other youth leaders in Washington, D.C. at the newest member of FEMA’s Youth Preparedness council.
FEMA tapped Jones, 16, to represent Region 6, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas on the council. The Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together young people who are interested in advocating on behalf of youth preparedness and making a difference in their communities.
Members are chosen based on their dedication to public service, community involvement and potential to expand their effectiveness as national advocates for youth preparedness.
Jones established the local chapter of the Teen Community Emergency Response Team program, a national volunteering program, at his high school, Westlake High School. He is the second local teenager to join the youth council, following the footsteps of Jonathan Delong. Delong is credited with starting the Bowie High School chapter of the same program.
Jones lives near Oak Hill where he is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Austin Police Department Explorer program. During the Halloween floods, Jones also helped rescue and shelter affected animals.