Friday, September 9, 2011

National Preparedness Campaign & Giveaway

As September is both National Preparedness Month and the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I want to share some great tips and provide you with resources to help you and your family take the first steps towards being prepared in case of any emergency.

Ten years later, do you think you are any better prepared now to deal with an emergency, big or small, natural or man-made? Do you have a family meeting point if an emergency happened in your area and you were unable to communicate with your family members? Do you have a Go Bag?



As the City continues to rebuild and plan for the future, the Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s Ready New York campaign encourages New Yorkers to be ready for all types of emergencies. The Readiness Challenge takes New Yorkers through an online emergency that forces them to make quick decisions at every turn. One way is by visiting the new Readiness Challenge – an online emergency simulation – a tornado tears through the city, knocking out power and jamming phone lines – that forces them to make quick decisions at every turn. The Readiness Challenge also ties in the My Meeting Place Facebook application and other OEM materials to help users get started on their emergency plans.

Are You Ready? We ever know when an emergency is going to happen. Let's be prepared!!! Every household should have a plan that includes a meeting place and pack a Go Bag - a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation.

Win it!!!One of my lucky readers can win a Go Bag!! This Prize Pack includes: Go-Kit Bag, Pocket Radio, Flashlight, First-Aid Kit, Batteries, Worker’s Gloves, Light Sticks, Emergency Blankets, and more! ($50 value)


MANDATORY/REQUIRED ENTRY:
Take the Readiness Challenge and navigate your way through the online tool to find out how prepared you are for an emergency. Leave a comment telling me how it helped you get started on your emergency plans.

EXTRA ENTRIES:
To receive these extra opportunities for entries, you must fulfill the first REQUIRED entry. But in addition you can:

■Visit www.readynyc.org and check out the guides for tips & information. Leave a Comment telling me a tip you found most useful. (1 extra entry)
■Follow me via Google Friend Connect (1 extra entry)
■Subscribe via e-mail (1 extra entry)
■Add @Shawnmh to your Twitter -Leave me your twitter ID (1 extra entry)
■Add @NYC OEM to your Twitter -Leave me your twitter ID (2 extra entries)
■Tweet this giveaway on Twitter. Be sure to include a link to this contest page (Leave me the link)(1 extra entry/this may be done daily)
■Add my button to your site AND/OR add me to your blog roll.(1 entry for each)
■"Like" me on facebook (2 extra entries)
■Like the NYC Office of Emergency Management Facebook Page (3 extra entries)
■Blog about this contest: Add a link to this post (5 extra entries)

This giveaway is open to US residents only. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.(Please make sure if you are anonymous you leave your email address with your comments.)

This giveaway will end on September 23rd 6th at 11:59 pm Est. The winner will be notified and have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.


*Disclosure: I am helping to spread awareness to prepare families for emergency situations. This information and giveaway was provided by the Ready NYCity Campaign*

Please visit OEM-New York City Office of Emergency Management for Important information.

112 comments:

kakihara said...

I am not prepared at all-it's funny because I grew up in southern California where we were always waiting for the big earthquake---I lived on the 11 th floor of an apartment building during the Northridge quake--the worst though was probably the LA riots--that closed all the restaurants and stores for days.

Anyways --now I live in Oregon where we don't really have weather drama--when we go to the snow I always take an emergancy backpack filled with flashlights, orange reflector vest, first aid kit, blankets, trackers, energy bars, and water. I always worry that we might skid off the road and get stuck in the snow somewhere.

We've never had a meeting place--so we will sit down this weekend and choose on. I will put together a kit too.
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kakihara said...

the tip I found most useful--is the meeting place--I've never had one--but it does make sense.
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sohamolina said...

It showed me I was not ready at all.

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tannawings said...

We are in Iowa so for us it is tornadoes and possible floods. We are fairly prepared having experienced both. We are adding the info to our wallets/purse, thats a great idea!

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tannawings said...

The tip I found the most useful is preparing for those who need medications- it is so easy to forget this, and so crucial!

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Romapr said...

I am pretty well prepared for an emergency but I learned to have household members have a copy of our household disaster plan and emergency contact information to keep in our wallets and backpacks. That is one thing we haven't done yet and would be so helpful to do. We are making one now :). Thanks!

Romapr said...

I like the tip: one gallon of drinking water per person per day.

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Cindy M said...

Living in Northern NY near Canada, fierce snow storms are common up our way, yet our rural community is still ill prepared- our Fire Stations' water is not safe, according to the EPA. I found the Meeting place tip very interesting, also left message on the Facebook site.
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kygirl said...

We are fairly prpared in KY the one thing I found was we nned to have emergency numbers in our wallets or phones for all family members. The meeting place is one we will be talking about soon.
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brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...the Ready New York: My Meeting Place App helped identify some deficiencies in our own family's readiness plan, especially the need for certain supplies which we are lacking at present at home, and in our vehicles.

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Annette D said...

I live on the Gulf Coast, so we have to prepare for the possibility of hurricanes. We were without electricity for 14 days after Ike.

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sarah said...

going to the site made me learn that i need to think of a family meeting place in case of emergency

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sarah said...

the tip i found most useful was the contents of the emergency kit
One gallon of drinking water per person per day
Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
First aid kit
Flashlight*
Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries (you can also buy wind-up radios that do not require batteries)
Whistle
Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach (for disinfecting water ONLY if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper (for adding bleach to water)
Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
Phone that does not rely on electricity
Child care supplies or other special care items


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Deborah said...

I've gotten out of the habit of carring more than a couple of dollars in cash, so the tip "We recommend you keep at least $50-$100 on hand" was a good nudge for me. asthenight at gmail dot com

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Stacy said...

The tip that made me think was the one about having an emergency meeting place away from your home.
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It got me thinking about the basic things I need to do to get started.
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Marianna said...

The Readiness Challenge really got me thinking about how unprepared we currently are and spurred me on to make efforts to become more prepared as well as discuss those preparations with my children and have a plan we are all aware of
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kmogilevski said...

Readiness Challenge: It prompted me to actually talk with my husband about our EM meeting place. I've been doing some EM prep like food storage and bug out bags, but I have a long way to go.
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Diane52 said...

I took the challenge and it made me realize how unprepared I really am. I need to create some plans, an emergency kit and then share them with my family.
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Erica C. said...

It made me think about having long-distance relatives involved in our plan. I didn't realize it would be easier for them to call us during an emergency since phone service is usually bad locally during an emergency.
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Becky said...

I think we are pretty prepared...my husband is in the military and he's always prepared us for any contingencies..we have always had what I call the zombie apocolypse box in the basement...