The always creative folks at the Oregon Trail Red Cross are again running their successful National Preparedness Month contest, #just1thing.
To enter, tweet just one thing that you’re doing to get prepared for emergencies to @RedCrossPDX and use the hashtag #just1thing.
It’s a terrific contest — fun, spurs action and creates a good preparedness list. Anyone can share anything they’re doing to get prepared at any time, but new this year each week of September will have a special theme and corresponding prize: Sept. 1-10: Children; Sept. 13-17: Families; Sept. 20-24: Workplace; Sept. 27-30: Pets. All participants are welcome, however only Oregon residents are eligible for prizes (valued at $100), to be awarded via random drawing.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate may want to enter the contest. Last month, he said in an interview that for National Preparedness Month, he wants Americans to do at least one thing: create an emergency communications plan for their family.
Here are some of the entries from last year:
KalCobalt: Gave house keys to trusted folks so if I’m separated from home by an emergency, my kitty can be cared for!
LouiseHornor: If we get separated from each other or our RV, our emergency meeting place will be closest Red Cross chapter. #just1thing
OberLaw: have beefed up supplies and created redundancy – car, home, work. inventoried everything w/ expiration dates!
nika7k: am dehydrating fruits, veg, trail mixes, and backpacking soups in case we have to eat w/o power! #just1thing
Bolz42: My #just1thing for today…staying home and not getting the office sick…
jcrawfordor: Finally joining Amateur Radio Group to participate in disaster management trainings
eakunkel: I’m putting together a disaster supplies kit (http://bit.ly/RLFvb) for the folks I’m house-sitting for
artisticbaker: I’m trying to keep first aid supplies handy in our house
MelindaJoy926: I’m buying bottled water