Texas State research specialist Joe McKenna was honored at the White House on Tuesday as a “Champion of Change for Community Preparedness and Resilience.”
The event celebrated Americans who are preparing communities for disasters and helping them respond and recover.
McKenna was honored for his work as Youth Preparedness Camp Coordinator for the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State. He is responsible for the implementation and oversight of the state-wide initiative that aims to prepare communities through their youth.
The TxSSC Youth Preparedness Camp provides the opportunity for teams of youth from across Texas to come together and receive training in emergency preparedness, emergency response, action planning, leadership and community resilience.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.