The Cadet program at Madison County EMA restarted in June 2015 after a nearly 30 year hiatus. In 1986, EMA had a cadet program, which consisted of 4-5 young people who trained and worked closely with our organization, however it was dissolved as the cadets pursued their full volunteer membership with the agency. The original members of the cadet program went on to professional careers with skills they received while a member of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency Cadet program.
Several public safety agencies throughout central Indiana have successful cadet programs; however there are currently no emergency management programs that we are aware of. We understand the importance of cadets being allowed to integrate into our organization, but SAFETY is our #1 objective and training is essential for all members of the agency, including cadets. Here are some activities, when explorers would be beneficial to EMA:
•Community Outreach (Fairs, Festivals, Social Media Monitoring)
•CERT Program (FEMA Teen CERT)
•Mobile EOC Support
In order for the cadets to be beneficial to EMA as well as develop their professional knowledge of emergency management, they are required to participate in monthly meetings, trainings, as well as maintaining their grades in school. Once a cadet turns 18 years old, they will be allowed to transition into EMA as a full adult volunteer with the knowledge they have received through the cadet program training.