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Congressman Steve Israel

Representing the 3rd District of NEW YORK

After Nomination by Rep. Israel, Roslyn’s Sophie Friedfeld-Gebaide Chosen for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

Jun 20, 2013
Press Release

Recognized for her work in aftermath of Mississippi flooding and Superstorm Sandy

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced that 17-year old Sophie Friedfeld-Gebaide of Roslyn has been chosen to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council, which brings together youth leaders from across the country to advocate for youth preparedness and making a difference in their communities. Rep. Israel nominated Sophie to serve on this council because of her exemplary volunteer work in the aftermath of mass flooding in Mississippi and Superstorm Sandy in New York through the volunteer organization, All Hands.

Rep. Israel said, “Sophie Friedfeld-Gebaide embodies what it means to give of yourself in order to help others. Even at such a young age, Sophie is truly making a difference in her Roslyn community and around the country. I nominated Sophie to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council because I know she will continue to inspire and serve. Congratulations to Sophie and her entire family on this great achievement.”

Sophie has worked extensively on disaster preparedness and recovery. At the age of 12, she traveled with her family to Cedar Rapids to help with Mississippi flooding relief efforts. After Hurricane Sandy, Sophie and a few of her peers organized several fundraisers that raised more than $38,000 for All Hands disaster relief funds. She also donated a percentage of her Bat Mitzvah gifts to All Hands. Sophie has been involved in organizing food and clothing drives for local shelters and has created a Facebook group to organize All Hands volunteers.

The Youth Preparedness Council supports FEMA’s commitment to including youth in preparedness-related activities and gives youth the opportunity to express their opinions and perspectives. Sophie and other council members will have the opportunity to attend a Youth Preparedness Council Summit and advise and ask questions on youth disaster preparedness. They will also complete a Council project with FEMA support.