Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What Can You Do in 30 Days? Challenge Starts September 1st

No one wants to think about disasters, especially when they could hit close to home, right? But getting a community to prepare for emergencies is vital to ensuring that we have the ability to get back on our feet when true disaster strikes.

This year, you can test your readiness to face disaster by participating in an online game called 30 Days, 30 Ways which is located at http://www.30days30ways.com/.  See the button on the right hand column of this blog??? Click on that each day and you'll be transported directly to the daily game task.

Being prepared for emergencies should be as common as wearing your seatbelt, and yet nearly every emergency preparedness survey conducted over the past 10 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 in honor of National Preparedness Month. Participants completed a daily “preparedness task” worth 1-6 points. Answers came in via email, CRESA Blog, CRESA’s Facebook Fan Page and to @CRESA on Twitter. In 30 short days, 82 participants completed 608 emergency preparedness tasks with participation in 29 different states and 5 countries including the United States, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand.
We want to exceed those numbers in 2011. This year, the game will be hosted on its own website at http://www.30days30ways.com/, its own Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/30days30ways  and its own Twitter Account @30Days_30Ways.

Because CRESA uses its own social media pages to share response & preparedness information, we want to ensure uninterrupted focus on both the mission of our agency and the effort of the game. Game players outside the local area are unlikely to want CRESA response information for hazards that we may have to share information about locally here in Clark County, Washington.
The person (or people, in the event of a tie) who earns the most points from the daily challenges will be identified as the winner of the game. We challenge everyone to join us in this fun quest to become better prepared together.

Game rules and information can be found on the website at http://www.30days30ways.com/.

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