Today, we sit on the eve of September 1st which is the 10th Year of…..
This month is focused on getting people to think about and take action towards becoming better prepared.
For many emergency service organizations, event planning is underway for various community events, CERT trainings and open houses to put services and activities on display.
And although being prepared is EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY, there are still just a handful of events that everyone can participate in through the avenue of social media.
- 30 Days, 30 Ways which, started in Washington, provides a daily challenge and call-to-action. Players and observers are asked to consider taking one simple step per day to get them more ready for future crises that you may encounter. Not only will the tasks cause you to think, but you can win prizes and will meet others who are participating in preparing themselves as well. You can follow the game on Facebook at www.facebook.com/30days30ways and on Twitter by following @30days_30ways or the hashtag #30days30ways
- Emergency Kit Cook-off which, started in Arizona, provides a specialized set of shelf-stable ingredients which the public can vote on until midnight of 9/1/14. Players and observers are then challenged to make a great recipe involving the specific ingredients. This will creatively cause you to think about items you might be stuck cooking with if disaster were to strike in your local area. You can follow this challenge on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Emergency-Kit-Cook-Off/ and on Twitter by following @kitcookoff or the hashtag #KitCookoff
The American Red Cross has some creative partnerships this year that are creative as well for National Preparedness Month. They include:
- Disney’s Digital Disaster Preparedness & Activity Book which offers to teach kids about emergency preparedness through a fun and creative way.
- Ebay Preparedness Store is a storefront for the American Red Cross that provides links to emergency kit and CPR items. There will also be various deals throughout the month of September on emergency kit items.
- Home Shopping Network Preparedness Store is also providing a nice storefront for the American Red Cross where you can also find links to making your family plans as well.
FEMA also has some helpful tools for local programs to honor National Preparedness Month.
- America’s Prepareathon which aims to ask people to come together for a National Day of Action on September 30th. You can register your activities at this site.
- FEMA’s Digital Engagement Toolkit also provides emergency services programs with suggested preparedness messages to be used during September
We also expect to see a variety of hashtags in use on Twitter as well which include #NatlPrep, #NPM14 and #PrepareAThon.
Regardless of how you engage with National Preparedness Month, it is our hope that you will take at least one action to become better prepared for times of crisis. One simple thing you do today can help make you and your loved ones better prepared for the unexpected.