Task 10: Beef Jerky and Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans!

Lets face it, disasters can be stressful, and during stressful times we all can use a little comfort.  That could be a food item, or or a special item.  Anything that helps calm our nerves and provides a level of comfort during stressful times.

For me, that’s beef jerky and chocolate covered coffee beans. I’m a coffee lover,  I know having access to a good cup of coffee may be difficult.  The chocolate covered coffee beans are an important substitute for me.  It seems like I actually buy these items in bulk.  I literally keep them at work, home, and sometimes in the vehicle.

DAY 10 Challenge: 1 pt  Share with us your comfort item and why.  Also let us know how if its a food item, you rotate this item in your kit.

Level Up: 5 pts   For today’s level up, we want you to think about your comfort items.  If it is a food item, do you feel comfortable you have enough to ride out a disaster or emergency.  Tell us why.

 

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Task 9: Oh Phlush!

In the past several years of talking about personal preparedness during emergencies,  many that I have talked to automatically understand the importance of having water and food in their preparedness kits.  They get that.   What I find more intriguing is the look on individual faces when I mention emergency sanitation considerations.  When I mention that  it can be several years for all systems may be completely functional again, they are a bit surprised.  Disaster Sanitation is much more than a role of toilet tissue and a bottle of hand sanitizer.  Today we want to start a discussion about some of those other items to be included in your emergency supplies.

DAY 9 Challenge: 1 pt  Show us what supplies you have for Disaster Sanitation Kit.   Share a picture or video of your items.  Do your items cover what to do when toilets don’t flush? Hand Sanitation?  Possibly even portable showers and privacy?

Level Up: 15 pts   Do you have any clever DIY items as part of your supplies that you want to share? We know we have some amazingly resilient individuals that take our challenge.  If you have come up with a great DIY solution dealing with sanitation, share a short video (3 minutes or less) of your hack!!

 

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

 

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 8: Ouch That Hurt!

It was great as a kiddo to have a parent take care of a “boo boo” when I would get hurt. I still remember the “Bactine” and “Mercurochrome” (oh my, I’m dating myself) being brought out to treat any scrapes or cuts I may have gotten prior to the band aid and yes a kiss.

As we get older, mom may not be there to help heal our “boo boo’s” and during a disaster or emergency it will be even more important to have a good first aid kit.

DAY 8 Challenge: 1 pt  For Today’s task we want you to do a First Aid Kit check.  Do you have a First Aid Kit as part of your Emergency Supplies?  If not your task today is to acquire a First Aid Kit for your supplies.  If you have a First Aid Kit in your supplies, we want you to take a look at it.  How old are the supplies in it?  Are there any items missing or need replacing?  If so your task today is replace those items missing or are out of date.

Level Up: 15pts   For our more experienced players, here is your teaching moment.   Create a short video (3 minutes or less) reviewing items in your First Aid Kit, and their uses.  Focus on non traditional or unusual items you have added to your First Aid Kit, telling us why you think they are important and their uses.

 

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

 

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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  4. Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.

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Task 7: The Right Tool

Most jobs are much easier with the proper tool.  Simple things like having the right type of screwdriver, wrench, extension can make all the difference when trying to complete a task.  I think many of us have tried or use one tool for a job it was not designed to do.  Sometimes, that task is able to be achieved, while other times we end up causing more damage, or wasting time unnecessarily if we just would have gotten the right tool to start.

When it comes to our Emergency Preparedness Kit, there are certain “tools” that just cannot be replaced.

DAY 7 Challenge: 1 pt  Show us what tools you have in your emergency kit and tell us what their uses are.  This could be via picture with explanation or a video, reviewing every item.

Level Up: 5pts   Do you have any specialty tools in your emergency kit?  Any tools that you have just in case of an emergency?  We want you to share with us what you have in a picture or video and tell us their use and why you have them!!

 

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

 

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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  4. Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.

You Have until MIDNIGHT on September 30th to complete this task. Contest rules and more information on the #30Days30WaysChallenge  can be found here:

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Task 6: Pop…Pop… Pop Culture

Over the years of doing 30 Days, 30 Ways, this challenge has always been one of my favorite ones to incorporate into the challenge.  In fact, several of the clips shared here over the years have been included in many of our preparedness presentations we use locally.

We always love seeing preparedness topics make their way into the mainstream. We know how effective these can me in starting a conversation especially when they show up in some of the most popular shows and movies on the small and big screen.

From a preparedness standpoint, Pop Culture references are a great way of sharing a message that not only is relatable but also using characters that individuals are familiar with.

DAY 6 Challenge: 1 pt  We are gonna make you work for this one a bit.  It’s not just gonna be sharing a clip in previous years. This Year….

  • Find and share your favorite Pop Culture reference that talks about preparedness.
  • Even Better… Use GIFs….
  • Make sure to include why you like the clip.
  • Many of these clips have phony, false or exaggerated parts to them, which can often start a conversation.  If yours does, be sure to point them out and talk about the conversation.

Level Up: 15 pts  Get involved in your video!  That means you adding an intro, or ending… adding pop ups into your video.  We want you to add to your video so it becomes a stand alone preparedness message!!   

 

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

 

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 5: Be Your Own Super Hero!

Who doesn’t like a good super hero, other than maybe a super villain?  Super heroes come in many shapes and sizes with many different super powers, but I think we’ve all longed to be a super hero at one time or another!!  So its only natural to think  preparedness should have a super hero or two….

Actually a few agencies have created their own Super Hero. Take a look at Ready Girl from NYC and the Monster from American Red Cross. What do you think of their message?   You may be thinking, how does talking about super heroes help me be better prepared?  And well perhaps it may not help you as an individual, but perhaps the conversation could engage your children about the importance of preparedness, and who know’s, if we start seeing waves of new super heroes in our neighborhoods, perhaps our communities may be better prepared!!

 

 

 

 


DAY 5 Challenge: 1 pt  Today we want you to think about what super power/traits a good super hero for preparedness should have..  also we want the name of your super hero..

Level Up: 5pts   Not only do we want the super power/traits and your super hero’s name, but we also wanna see what he or she may look like.  We want a sketch, picture, or better yet you modeling your new secret identity super hero!

Take a look at a few of the Super Hero Programs out there:

FEMA’s Be a Hero   NYC Ready Girl     American Red Cross Monster Guard 

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

 

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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  3. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
  4. Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.

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Task 4: Preparedness Bingo

BINGO!!

Since today is Labor Day, why not a little game of Bingo?  We didn’t want to make this challenge too difficult since many of you are enjoying BBQ’s with family bidding farewell to summer however we still wanted to cover some items if your kit!

 

 

DAY 4 Challenge: 1 pt  For today’s challenge, we have included pictures of two BINGO cards below… To get the points, you must take a picture or video with not only the card but the items from your kit that gives you a BINGO!!

Level Up: 5pts   BLACKOUT … Take a picture or video of the items in your kit and the BINGO card…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

 

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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  3. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
  4. Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.

You Have until MIDNIGHT on September 30th to complete this task. Contest rules and more information on the #30Days30WaysChallenge  can be found here:

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Task 3: Fido and Fluffy

Family comes in many shapes and sizes, and some family members may even have additional (or less)  legs, fur, feathers, etc…   When we talk about preparedness, we cannot over look pets and the need to prepare additionally for their needs in our preparedness activities.  Today we want to focus on those other members of our families and talk about their needs during an emergency.

DAY 3 Challenge: 1 pt  As part of today’s challenge, we want you to identify items your pet may need during a disaster.  Think as your pet could, and share with us a list, picture or video of items created for your other family members.

Level Up: 5pts  Make a plan for your pets… Leaving pets behind just isn’t a good option, so knowing your options regarding your pets if you need to evacuate is an important part of your pets emergency plan!  For today’s Level Up, we want you to review or create that plan for your pets.  Does it include what happens if the emergency happens while you are at work?  Do you know of pet friendly hotels, or boarding facilities?  What about medications?  Do you have contact information for your veterinarian?  Has your pet been microchipped?  Are they current on all vaccinations and do you have copies of medical/vaccination records?

If you have large animals like horses or cattle, do you have vehicles and trailers if needed?  Have you identified locations you can keep them if needed?

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

 

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 2: Hazard Hunt

 

Caution…. Hazards may be lurking around any corner… Your mission if you choose to accept it is not only identify hazards but also mitigate and help prevent them.   Today’s challenge will have you identifying some hazards you may have at home, work or school.

Hazards can easily sneak into where we spend time.  Everything from tripping hazards to cooking hazards can easily be overlooked when we are around them everyday.  Our busy lives sometimes has us procrastinating resolving these issues and pushing them off to a tomorrow that never comes.   

DAY 2 Challenge: 1 pt  Today we want you to look at your home, work location, or school, an identify hazards you may see or witness that specifically would hinder your reaction/response to a disaster or emergency.

 

Level Up: 5 pts  Great you’ve identified concerns or hazards that could impact your reaction/response to a disaster or emergency, now we want you to do something about it!! Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.. Share a picture or video of you resolving a hazard in your home or at work that will allow you to better react if a disaster strikes!

 

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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You Have until MIDNIGHT on September 30th to complete this task. Contest rules and more information on the #30Days30WaysChallenge  can be found here:

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Task 1: Build Your Network

Today we kick off National Preparedness month all across the United States. It also marks our 8th annual #30Days30Ways Preparedness Challenge. September is National Preparedness Month.  This year’s theme,  “Disaster Don’t Plan Ahead… YOU CAN!” is basically the foundation behind why 30Days, 30Ways began back in 2010.   The entire reason behind the #30Days30Ways concept was to change behaviors toward preparedness.

This year , not only do we want you to complete challenges, we also want give you opportunities to “Level Up” and find “Allies” along your preparedness journey!   We want you to help us in spreading the word and starting a conversation about how simple it can be to start becoming better prepared.  And the kicker…. when you find allies to play with you…. Your points double!

Preparedness doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. It’s a change in how we look at things, and can be built upon.

DAY 1 Challenge: 1 pt  Complete our Preparedness Challenge Pledge stating that you are committed to completing 30 Days, 30 Ways during National Preparedness Month! 

Level Up: 5pts Level up and earn additional points by contacting your local emergency manager and telling them, you are playing 30 Days, 30 Ways.  Be sure to ask if your local emergency management office will be sharing the daily challenges.

 

Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Build Your Network!!  Each day a person you recruit completes a 30 Days 30 Ways task, your points double for that days task. The more individuals you convince to play, the more points you can earn for each days challenge.

 

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 4 ways you can complete this task:

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  3. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
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You Have until MIDNIGHT on September 30th to complete this task. Contest rules and more information on the #30Days30WaysChallenge  can be found here:

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