And the Winners Are……

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Wow!!  It’s been a busy couple weeks since the end of September checking and double checking, in some places triple checking responses to all the tasks.  We had many players that completed every task during the month.  Determining the winners literally came down to the bonus point awarded for the pre-game activity!   After tallying all the scores we have confirmed the following finalist listed in alphabetical order:
  • Anna P.
  • Carol C.
  • Carolyn O.B.
  • Georgianna G.
  • Joanna M.
  • Jodi G.
  • Matthew H.
  • Michelle W.
  • Paola S.
  • Sarah K.
  • Stefanie N.
  • Thomas B.

The folks listed above will be receiving a redemption code to Amazon  we will be mailing out shortly.

If your name is listed above, please contact us by email.  We need to get a little information from you including a mailing address and permission to release your name & location on the “Winner’s” Press Release.  Please just drop as an email at [email protected].  We look forward to hearing from you!

The response this year was overwhelming with both the amount of players and tasks completed.  We are thrilled with the level of play we had over the month.  If you have not taken the time to feel out our feedback form, please take a few moments to do so and help us improve for next year. We have already started looking at some of the feedback we have received.  There have been some great comments, that we are already thinking through to make next years version even better!!
Once again we hope everyone enjoyed the Challenge this year, and hope everyone joins us next September for 30 Days, 30 Ways 2015!

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We Want Your Feedback

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for playing along with us all month. This game continues to inspire us and generate so many awesome conversations about emergency preparedness.

We will aim to have the list of finalists posted by October 15th, 2014 (barring any unforeseen problems in game statistics or real life).

We hope that everyone enjoyed this game, learned something and found at least one task that they hadn’t given much thought to before we launched it.  You can now help us by giving us any and every bit of feedback that you wish to.

Feel free to give us task ideas, tell us what you loved/hated, and any general guidance that you felt led to share.  We want it all……thanks!

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TASK 30: Wrapping It Up!

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Well it looks like once again our month has come to an end.  We hope over the past 30 days, we have shared some aspect of personal preparedness that has enlightened you to not only think about being better prepared, but have ignited a flame for you to take action… Not only for yourself but in your neighborhood and community.   Perhaps you decided to look more into how you could volunteer, have started a conversation with your neighbors,  or have checked into how to be C.E.R.T. trained.

Whatever those actions maybe, we want to hear from you in how you plan to move forward in the remainder of this game, year. and into 2015!!

We hope you have enjoyed #30Days30Ways 2014.. We will see you next year for the game, and you could be hearing from us soon as a prize winner!!

Thanks!!

DAY 30 ACTIVITY

1 Pt:  Share with us what you learned new this year from the challenge.

2 Pts:   Share with us an action you plan on following through with over the next several months.

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month

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TASK 29: Play It Forward

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All month long we’ve been sharing ways hopefully to get you thinking more about being personally prepared.   Along the way, we hope we have inspired you to think outside the box and beyond yourself and your family, but to think about your neighborhood and community also

We believe that preparedness should be an everyday way of life and not just a once year thought as September rolls around.  Breaking it down and making preparedness part of how you live your life and in a sense how you interact with those around you could really make a difference in the world when bad things happen.

Although the month is coming to an end, we do not want the spirit of this game to go dormant for another year.  In the spirit of #30Days30Ways we want you to Play it Forward!!

DAY 29 ACTIVITY

1 Pt: Take the Pledge to Play it Forward to help/purchase a preparedness item for a loved one.

3 Pts:   Buy a Preparedness Item and or Kit for a loved one or neighbor.

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month

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TASK 28: Let It Go!!

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Day to day we face issues.  Bills, family responsibilities, career, health issues…. It seems there are never enough hours in the day or dollars in the bank account to suffice. Over time they can pile up, placing more and more demand onto ourselves mentally if we don’t learn how to deal with them or find a way to  “Let it Go!”

Finding healthy and safe options to blow off some steam, or finding something you enjoy is a vital part in making sure we live healthy and happy lives.  There have been far too many incidents lately where stress and depression have pushed people over the edge, and chosen to end their lives.  As a society we must get over the hurdle that seeking help is a weakness.  As friends and family we need to learn to identify signs and make sure loved ones get help.

Now imagine being in an emergency situation where your entire world is turned upside down.  It’s not a big stretch to think that your stress limit just went through the roof.  Learning how to deal with stress and some way to unwind is a critical part of everyday pressures, and just as important during an emergency.

DAY 28 ACTIVITY

1 Pt:  Identify a hobby or activity you do to help you relax or deal with stress.  Also list a comfort item in your Emergency Kit.

2 Pts: Identify a resource in your community or online that can help you or a loved one deal with stress

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month

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TASK 27: Hello Big Bro!!

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Ever open your search engine to look something up, only to find 30 minutes later as you are scanning through your social media feeds to see an advertisement for or related item pop up?  You don’t have to venture very far into social media to see how we are now targeted by advertisements based on what sites and items you look at.  The more time we spend in front of our computers, the more we see  From work, shopping, being social, music, video, it seems we are connected in one way or another.  Sites and Social Media platforms frequently are making changes to their privacy settings.  App add on’s are frequently asking us to allow them access to our content, location, and more, which not only can allow them to post on your behalf, but tag you into posts, share your information.

We are including a link from Sophos on how to set your Facebook Settings.   We encourage you to take a few moments to review it.

DAY 27 ACTIVITY

1 Pt: Today we want you to look at your Privacy Settings.  Choose at least one Social Media Platform and review your privacy settings to ensure you are only sharing what you want to share.  Did you make any changes?  Were you surprised at anything your setting was allowing?

2 Pts:  We encourage you to take this opportunity to change your passwords also.  Let us know how long its been since you last updated your passwords…

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month

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TASK 26: Holy Bleep!!

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It’s a scary world out there, and one doesn’t have to look too far these days, especially with access to media feeds from around the world 24/7 to see how scary it is.   And although many of them seem to be across the globe, they can still impact us wherever we may live.  From the outside we can get a glimpse in and say “What if this happened here?”  “Would we be able to survive?” “Would we be ready?”

We believe preparedness should happen all year long, yet while we hopefully have everyone’s attention during National Preparedness Month, why not use it to help spotlight some real emergencies and use them to help our own neighborhoods be better prepared?

 

DAY 26 ACTIVITY

1 Pt: Share a current event that has made you think about preparedness.

2 Pts:  Share how that event could be used in your neighborhood to be better prepared.

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month

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TASK 25: Cool Clear Water….

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One of my new guilty pleasures is a show on the Discovery Channel called “Naked and Afraid.”  The concept behind the show includes dropping two survival specialists in some extreme environment with literally nothing, and they need to survive for 21 days.  As the show starts they discuss the importance of the human body needing water within the first three days.Having accessible drinking water in an emergency is going to be a crucial piece to ones survival after a disaster.  Recommendations say one gallon per person per day, and don’t forget about pets.  We want to know what type of emergency water you have stored and how you rotate it.

DAY 25 ACTIVITY

1 Pt: How many gallons of emergency water do you have?  How do you rotate it?

2 Pts:  This part of the question always stirs some fun conversations… What are some creative sources in a pinch you could use for drinking water?

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month.

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TASK 24: Let’s Make a Deal…

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Picture 2-3 days after a major disaster or emergency. Relief efforts are underway,but your neighborhood will have a long road ahead of it to recover.  Many local business’ are closed, as many as 40% will not re-open.   Power is estimated at being out for at least another week.  Some area grocery stores are partly open but only accepting cash.  Banks are closed.. No ATM’s.  What options do you have?

As we share information about what should be part of an emergency kit, we discuss having two-three hundred dollars in small bills as part of your emergency kit.  But we realize things are still tight. Having that amount of cash just sitting around is not feasible for many individuals.

So lets think outside the box… Perhaps you are like me and have a garden during the summer, and your pantry is full of home canned goods.  Maybe you are a handyman, and have tools that and will be able to help a neighbor remove the fallen tree and temporarily patch the hole in their home.  Maybe you have a few chickens in the back yard for fresh eggs.

Long before ATM’s, debit and credit cards, people traded good and services, bartering. The local doctor might get paid with a few chickens.  Yes neighbors help one another, but we will all need to survive and I can see this happening after a disaster.

DAY 24 ACTIVITY

1 Pt: How much money do you think one should have set aside for an emergency, and in what form?  Have you reached what you suggest?

2 Pts:  What are some other creative options you may have, in items you can trade/barter for or services you could provide in lieu of?

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month.

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TASK 23: Help Us Help You!!

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Know Your Part… Know Your Location!

There’s a locationmisconception that when you call 9-1-1, they know exactly where you are located.  The truth of the matter is that, yes they may have an idea where you are located, but an actual pinpointed location is not available especially if you are calling on anything other than a traditional land-line.

To complicate the issue even more, the “ping” sent from your cell phone usually gives them a location off of the nearest cell tower.  If you live in an area like me, that could be across the river, which is in another state!

Why do we bring this up?  Well consider being out somewhere, when an emergency or disaster happen, and not being able to let help pinpoint where you are…  Today’s task, we want you to think about those locations you spend most of your time, and could you answer all the questions a 9-1-1 dispatcher may ask to get help to you.

DAY 23 ACTIVITY

1 Pt: Identify those locations you routine most. (home, school, work, grocery store, church)  do you know the address’ of all the possibilities?  Do not share the actual address’ but let us know you have them memorized, written down, stored in your smartphone.

2 Pts: Consider Your surroundings. We usually know the names of buildings we are in but do we know the address?  Would you be able to let the 9-1-1 Dispatcher know exactly where you were?  Identify the physical address of a business you visit today. This could be your lunch location, business meeting, grocery store.

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month.

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TASK 22: There’s An App For That!!

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Today’s Task is Sponsored By Our Friends at  American Red Cross redcross

We’ve touched on being connected to official sources of information including Emergency Management Officials, Fire, and Law Enforcement yet there are other sources (and Apps) available that can aide in your knowledge and help you not only be prepared, but survive an emergency or disaster.

Several of these such Apps come from our friends at the American Red Cross, which now provide Apps including some for Preparedness, Wildfires, Hurricanes and Earthquakes.  As part of today’s task, Download a Red Cross App and Enter in a Twitter Contest for Prizes  – One Day Only!  

There are other useful Apps out there also..  Some may include weather, Hazardous Materials Placards, and I’ve  even seen road side assistance if stuck in a snow storm.. (That one came from North Dakota.)   Lets share some other useful Apps that can help also.

DAY 22 ACTIVITY

1 Pt:  Download any of the 10 Red Cross apps (note: all apps are FREE except for the pet first aid app). Red Cross apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store,Google Play or Amazon Marketplace.  Take a screenshot of the app once you’ve installed it on your phone or other mobile device.

  •  Follow @RedCrossCascade on Twitter and upload the photo to @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #RedCrossApp
  • The American Red Cross is giving prizes to 10 people who download one of the Red Cross Mobile Apps on Sept. 22.
  • Must live in the United States (for shipping purposes) and upload photo on September 22.
  • Winners will be selected at random and will be contacted at the end of the week.
  • Prizes cover an assortment of Red Cross goodies including vintage first aid kits, sports first aid kits, t-shirts and other items.

2 Pts:  Share with us another useful App that can be useful in emergencies.  Tell a bit about it, to help others decide if it something they could use.

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month.

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TASK 21: Are You Connected?

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During an emergency or disaster receiving critical information in a timely manner can be key.  Most Communities across the country use some type of reverse notification system, where you can be notified in case you need to evacuate or shelter in place.  In many area’s this type of system is used to warn neighborhoods of police activity in their area, or it’s used as a first level of notification for a missing child or person.  What many individuals do not realize is,  that unless you have a traditional land line phone, 9-1-1 centers do not have access to your numbers. Nearly 70% of Americans these days only have a cell phone as their home phone.  Unless you take a few moments to register your phone, with your county or communities system,  they cannot contact you!!

logoEqually important is signing up for alerts which will send you notifications.  These could be from schools, sheriff’s offices, fire agencies, department’s of transportation, mass transit,  and state patrol just to name a few.  If you live in a larger metro region, there may be some sort of Public Alerts which provides a one stop shop for many of these custom alert notifications.

DAY 21 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt:  Find and share your local resource to register for alert and warning.  Be sure to sign up.. In your response, tell us you registered!!  If you are already registered.  Let us know also!!

2 Pts:  Locate in your community if there is some sort of community Public Alerts system that allows you to get custom notices.  If not, consider contacting your Law Enforcement, Fire Agencies, Schools, etc  and see if they have any recommendations for you in being connected.

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are 4 ways that you can complete this task:

You have until midnight on 09/30/2014 to complete this task (and any other task.)  Each day will have a separate theme topic and you may provide as many submissions as you would like.  Thanks for playing along with us.  We are so encouraged by seeing folks improving their readiness which is the primary goal of this preparedness campaign.

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month based on most points accumulated throughout the entire challenge.  Gift Cards will be awarded based on winners and donation funding.  There will be at least 2 grand prizes awarded in October for best overall creative entries for the month.

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