September is the 12th Annual National Preparedness Month which means that public safety agencies are busy working on a number of events to ensure that their communities are educated, informed and ready to face any type of crisis situation. This year’s national theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”
This year, CRESA will help you take action as they launch the seventh year of the social media game called the ’30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge’ – game rules can be found at www.30days30ways.com.
Being prepared for emergencies should be as common as wearing your seatbelt, and yet nearly every emergency preparedness survey conducted over the past 11 years indicates that 40-80% of people are unprepared to face certain hazards.
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) created this 30-day contest in September 2010 and has, in the last six years, recorded the completion of over 25,000 readiness tasks from players in 44 states, one territory, and 38 countries.
Players are given a daily challenge at 7:00 a.m. each morning. Players may submit replies to each of the tasks involved throughout the month to either Facebook, Twitter, commenting on the 3O Days Blog or by email. Players can choose to play as many days as they would like throughout the month. Players may also catch up and complete past tasks for the month if they miss a day. All tasks will be short and will not require a significant amount of time to complete.
According to CRESA, the primary goal is for people to share information about emergency preparedness to reach people who may not otherwise think about being ready for disasters; it is vital for people to think about these interesting themes.
Submissions will be reviewed for their creativity, relativity to the task and its evident popularity online. Thanks to generous sponsors, winners will be selected and rewarded with gift cards in October.
This game sparks great conversations and is a wonderful platform for neighborhoods, scouts, schools and workplaces. So “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”