Today, I am launching the first “In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog” Contest. It is my belief that we need to make emergency preparedness more engaging and even fun (as well as add some incentives) if we are to get Americans to take notice and start the preparedness process. So, I will be running some contests and other non-traditional preparedness activities on this blog. Of course,Â most of the readers of this blog do not need preparedness made more engaging or incentive-driven to get themÂ involved. Nevertheless, I hope these contests will not only be enjoyable and an opportunity to win some preparedness-related prizes, but also hopefully a learning experience that gives us an opportunity to share and pick up some new ideas.
‘PREPAREDNESS TIPS’ CONTEST
THE RULES:Â Please send me a citizen preparedness tip to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 7th.Â The submission should beÂ along the lines of the “What Should We Tell The Public?”Â video seriesÂ – a tip, recommendation, or an idea on what youÂ think is important thatÂ other citizens should know andÂ do inÂ orderÂ to increase their own, their communityâ€™s and their nationâ€™s readiness. I will collect and post every tip I receive. Then, I willÂ do a random drawing of all the submissions to pick five winners.Â
THE PRIZE:Â Amanda Ripley has kindly given me five newÂ copies of theÂ Random House Audio of her book The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes And Why.
This unabridged edition, read by Kirsten Potter, has 8 compact discs covering nine-and-a-half-hours. I will send a copy to each of the five randomly selectedÂ winners. Thank you Amanda. Â Â
Reader Scott Miglin from Mount Vernon, Ohio submits this idea:
A twist on an old preparedness tip:Â Everyone needs a emergency kit at home.Â I plan on buying family members pre-made 72-hour emergency kits for Christmas from on of the several websites offering them.Â Sure, they may think I’m a lame-o, but their feelings will change after tasting the wholesome goodness of a 3600 calorie food bar …and I know they will something to build upon for an emergency plan.
Roger Ma from Brooklyn, New York suggests these:
Here’s my tip – ziplock bags for your go-bag items. Â While having a
go-bag is essential, packing it properly is also important. Â Itemize
your gobag items by type/use, and store all of them in a quart,
gallon, or two gallon size ziplock bag. Â I have the ziplocks in my
gobag sorted by several different ‘types’, including food (energy
bars), fire/light (matches, batteries, flashlight, tinder), clothes
(shirt, pants, socks), etc. Â Not only does this make your gobag
packing much easier and efficient (just pull out the right ziplock),
but also waterproofs most of the critical items in case your bag gets
soaked in water.
One more related quick tip – don’t just buy something for your gobag
and throw it inside, packaging and all. Â Make sure the item is fully
useable (packaging removed, batteries inserted, etc.) when it goes
into your bag so it’s immediately ready for use.