Task 30: Wrap Up… Volunteer

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Well, this is it for another year of 30 Days, 30 Ways! Thanks for being apart of the 10th anniversary of this challenge. As a final flashback to our challenge over the years, I just knew I had to share a challenge that was part of our 2013 challenge. That year we asked one day, for you to share with us the most unusual item in your emergency kit, and share with us that items uses. When one of the responses came in, I must admit, I first turned a little red, and was thinking, oh no, we are gonna have to remove this response. But as I continued to read their post, I realized this item was legit, and they were serious with the uses for it in their kit. They listed at least 10 uses this item had. That response, went viral in our challenge! We got a lot of responses, and news coverage for the challenge. But the part that sticks out in my memory the most, was a response from one particular woman. She admitted to being a little older, and she shared that after reading that one response to our challenge, she went out and bought a box of this particular item for her kit. She admitted, she had never purchased this item before in her life. That’s when I knew this challenge was making a difference and why I put the effort into bringing you this preparedness challenge each and every year! You may be wondering what that item was… well that surprising item back in 2013 that we are still talking about was a box of condoms.

DAY 30 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    For your final challenge for 2019, we want you to share with us the most unusual item in your preparedness kit… and share what uses your item has. We hope we once again can have one of those great conversations and help each other out with a great resource.

Level Up: 5 pts For your final level up, we want you to help us in changing the culture about preparedness. We would love if folks thought about preparedness every day, and not just during National Preparedness Month! We would love for it to become a way of life in how you approach things on a daily basis. For your level up, we want you to volunteer. Volunteer toshare about preparedness with your neighbors or friends. Become a public safety volunteer where you live. Find a way to make a difference regarding Personal Preparedness in your area and share with us your plans!

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.

Finally, we want to thank you for playing along with us! It does not matter if this was the first year you have joined us, or if you have been playing along for many years… We here, at CRESA and 30 Days, 30 Ways Thank you for joining us each and every day. We hope we’ve made a difference, and have helped you be better preapared for a disaster or emergency no matter where you may live! Until Next year… Thanks!

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Task 29: Where are YOU Going to Go?

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Last year we saw how quickly wildfire can spread. During the Camp Fire, which destroyed Paradise, California, we witnessed the devastation and horror left behind. It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, and the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. since 1918. We hope you and your loved ones never have to evacuate quickly due to a disaster. It’s always better to be prepared, just in case. In the event you need to leave your home, do you know where you could go?

DAY 29 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    In the event you need to leave your home, do you know what items you would take with you? Do you know where you would go?

Level Up: 5 pts Show and tell us any special concerns you may have to consider regarding pets, kids, and/or and elderly or disabled family members.

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.

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Task 28: What Are YOU Missing?

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Emergency Preparedness is a never-ending activity. Once you have your basic needs taken care of, you will often find yourself thinking of additional items to add to your supply kit, a different way of doing something, or new information to share with others. 

DAY 28 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Today, we want you to make your own personal “to do” list for tasks and items you still have left to complete to feel fully prepared for any emergency or crisis situation. Try to identify at least 3 more things you could and should do to enhance your personal preparedness. Consider the following areas: 

  • Family Emergency Plan 
  • Emergency Preparedness Kit 
  • For Yourself, Loved Ones and Pets 
  • For Your Vehicles 
  • For Your Office

Evaluate How You Stay Informed:

  • Access to TV & Radio (that is not reliant on electrical power) 
  • Telephones (make sure cell phones are registered to receive emergency alerts)
  • Text Messaging 
  • Social Media 
  • NOAA Weather Radios 

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! (and we don’t mean on the treadmill)

  • Conduct drills & exercises with your family or at work(fire alarm, duck & cover, evacuation & relocation)
  • Schedule a maintenance routine for how often you update your preparedness & stored items
  • Put those skills to the test! Test your skills by volunteering to make a difference in your local community.


Level Up: 5 pts Whether you have been playing along since the beginning or you’re just getting started, you are in the emergency preparedness zone. Tell us How you’re going to continue your momentum!

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.

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Task 27: Risky Business

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Risk is defined as the “possibility of loss or injury” and Hazard is defined as “something causing unavoidable danger, peril, risk or difficulty.” 
While we can often talk about large “disaster scenarios,” it is much easier to plan when you are realistic and know what you are facing as potential causes for an emergency situation. 

DAY 27 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Today, we want to know about the hazards that concern you most. What are the top 3 life-altering hazards that you could most likely face where you live? And more importantly, why do these hazard scenarios concern you specifically? It is one thing to say that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake will crumble a few streets on your way to work and a very different other thing to realize that the ground beneath your home may liquefy if you sit in a soil liquefaction zone.

You will receive one point for each hazard scenario that you identify and describe why you feel you are at risk to be affected from this hazard.

Level Up: 5 pts While September and National Preparedness Month is just about over, October will bring us the Great Shake Out! On the Pacific Coast, the Shake Out will be held on October 17th at 10:17am.. In other parts of the country, it may be held on another date in October. For your level up, we want you to sign up to particpate in a Shake Out for your area! Organize your work or school to join in! Take a pic or video with you demonstrating “Drop, Cover and Hold On” and telling us you are signed up!

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 26: Whats Your Plan?

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If you look, you can find a Family Emergency Plan templates easily enough that will help you and your family get started on making a plan. But with so many templates out there, how do you find what works for YOUR family needs, Whichever Template you may use, we suggest customizing YOUR preparedness and your plan to YOUR family’s needs. Today, we want to know, about your Family Emergency Plan and what areas it covers.

DAY 26 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Today we want you to take a look at your family’s emergency plan. Tell us about the process it took creating your plan. What may be currently missing from your Family Emergency Plan. [If you don’t have a plan at all, don’t worry. As long as you are willing to be honest with us, you will still earn today’s points]

Level Up: 5 pts For today’s level up, if you did not have a family emerency plan, start completing one today! If you already had a plan, take this time to update your plans for what may have been out of date or was missing…. THEN we want you to review the plan with all members of your family. Share a pic or a video of your family with your plan to let us know you completed today’s level up!

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

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  3. Email us at info@30Days30ways.com

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Task 25: Pets on the GO

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One of my dogs is a true ball hound. He plays with it, he sleeps with it, he even drops it into his bowl when he eats so he can keep an eye on it. One of the most important things we have in his emergency kit is a few new balls because we know they keep him calm; they keep him busy, and he feels more secure when he has one in his mouth. We also have a muzzle in his kit, because we know he may bite when he gets anxious.

DAY 25 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts   Tell us what you would need to take for your pet to evacuate. Describe how you would transport your pet. Do you have a carrier or other way to move your animals effectively? Post a photo of Fido, Fluffy, Birdie, Fin, or Slither (or any other animal family members). 

Level Up: 5 pts Make sure a copy of your pet’s vaccination record is included with their emergency supplies. Share a photo or video of all items in their emergency kit, including medical records and items.

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 24: The Power of Kindness

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Last month I was helping out at a kids’ event and in an effort to catch someone before they walked too far away, I attempted to run. Only I didn’t catch them; instead, I tripped over the root of a tree and despite my wind milling arms and desperate attempt to stay upright, I did a flying slide across the wet dirt, face down. Embarrassing? Oh yes. Dirty? Definitely. The young women at a nearby coffee shop were kind enough to lend me a towel so I could clean myself up. When I thanked them, they looked surprised, and said “Of course!” – they couldn’t imagine not helping.

Showing kindness to others is powerful. Whether it is a bigger thing, such as helping someone through a tough situation, or a simple gesture, like holding a door open, you have an impact on that person, sometimes in ways you never know. As we focus on emergency preparedness this month, we need to remember that the emotional trauma of a disaster has a tremendous impact on our ability to cope with what has happened. Thinking about a situation from the other person’s perspective is important, because while we may see something one way, the other person may see it completely opposite. The ability to listen and be respectful of the other person’s feelings is a good skill to develop. It not only shows kindness and consideration to others, but can also help people cope with a difficult situation.

DAY 24 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Tell us about an act of kindness someone has done for you. How did it make you feel? We then want you to think about one random act you can do as well and do it! Share that with us. How did it make you feel?

Level Up: 5 pts An 11 year old boy started the #ElPasoCHALLENGE after the mass shooting in August. This challenge asked folks to share at least 22 random acts of kindness in memory of those lost in El Paso and Dayton. Look for a way to Pay It Forward. Be creative and have fun with it! Let us know what you did and how the other person reacted, if applicable.

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
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Task 23: Know When to Walk Away…

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For most of us, we take a lot for granted. When we flip a light switch, we expect a light to come on, when we want to take a shower, we expect the water to flow and to have a nice hot shower. Water, sewer, gas, and electric are essential utilities is most households. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have also become accustom to having curbside garbage, recycling and yard waste. In today’s modern world, many of us would also include cable, internet and telephone service into this category. For today’s challenge we want to see how much you know about your Utilities.

DAY 23 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    For Today’s challenge we want you to show us what you know about your utilities. To start, we want you to locate and show us where the shut off’s for your water, gas, and electric are for your home.

Level Up: 5 pts For today’s level up, some of these utilities need a special tool to shut off. We want you to share with us these tools, AND also explain when and if you would shut off your utilities. Is is automatic after a disaster or is there other criteria you use to determine if you need to shut your utilities off?

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 22: Kiddo’s

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A parent of three young children, ages 8, 5, and 1, recently asked me how old kids should be to start talking to them about disasters and emergency preparedness. Much depends on the child’s maturity level, and as with most discussions that tend to be on-going as the child grows, simple, clear, and basic information is best. 

DAY 22 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    For today’s challenge, we want you to tell us how you would talk to a child about emergency preparedness. What would you focus on, and how would you get them to begin thinking about it in a positive, “I can do this!” way?

Level Up: 5 pts Have your kid(s) help you create an age appropriate emergency kit for themselves. Post a photo or video of it (your child(ren) don’t have to be visible). 

Don’t have any kids? Create two or three water bottle kits and donate them. Don’t forget the photo! 

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.

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Task 21: HELLO!!

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It seems we cannot go a day without some type of disaster or emergnecy somewhere around the world. Closer to home, just in the past few months, we have seen strong earthquakes in California, wildfires in Alaska, and a heatwave that covered nearly half of the United States. Today, is a good day to share with your friends and family the need for personal preparedness.

DAY 21 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    For today’s challenge, we want you to tell two neighbors that it is National Preparedness month. Explain that you are taking the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge and why it’s important to be prepared and invite them to join you. Share a photo of the three of you, or of you ringing the neighbor’s doorbell if you would prefer not to be visible.

Level Up: 5 pts Host a block party. It doesn’t have to be this month, but tell us your scheduled date, city, and a checklist of what you need to do to make this happen.

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 20: Unplugged

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In today’s technology-centric society, we often take the power grid for granted. We presume that when we turn on the lights, they will work. What if power was lost for an extended period of time? Have you considered how reliant you are on the assumption of power?

Think about your personal environment and how your life would be affected if you lost power for more than 10 days. Consider the things you couldn’t do that are a part of your daily routine.

DAY 20 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Live without power from for one day, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am. Identify your vulnerabilities and potential alternatives to meet your key needs. 

Level Up: 5 pts Live without power from Friday 5:00 pm Friday to Monday 5:00 am (or any three consecutive days). Share a video of what it was like – did you learn something? What is something you will change going forward?

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 19: Don’t Flush It!

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As I was cleaning out a cupboard the other day, I ran across some prescription medication for one of my dogs. I knew it was out of date without even looking at it because the dog died six years ago. When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? 

Time passes quickly and that cold medicine or prescription you have actually expired three years ago. While it may not be toxic, it may have lost some of its potency, which means that the next time you need it, it might have little or no effect.

DAY 19 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Tell us of some safe ways to dispose of unneeded or out of date medication. (Hint: it’s not pouring them down the sink or flushing them down the toilet!)

Level Up: 5 pts Provide us with a screen shot or link to a flyer for an upcoming Medicine Take-Back location in your area.

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 18: What Do You Know

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Have you ever watch Naked and Afraid, or Preppers?
Knowing you mentally have the skills to overcome whatever an emergency may throw at you can be more beneficial than stuff

First Aid and CPR classes offer valuable skills to be able to truly assist your friends, neighbors and those around you in times of crisis. While traditional classroom offerings are available in most communities, you can now take courses online with a brief appointment to demonstrate the physical skills. This gives everyone with an internet connection an easy way to get trained.  Let us know us know how you think you would fair on one of these survival shows. Do you have the right stuff?

DAY 18 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    We want to know if you’ve ever taken a First Aid, CPR or othe safety course (even if you are currently expired). Extra points if, even if you are expired, you commit to updating your First Aid/CPR or other safety course qualifications.  

Level Up: 5 pts Grab a friend or family member and sign up for a class. Share a thumbs-up photo and tell us the date of the class and where; it can be anytime between now and December 31st

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 17: Cook Off!

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The Emergency Kit Cook-Off challenges you to be an inspiration and submit a fall recipe with a fitness twist! Preparedness is a way of life, and during September, Kit Cook-Off is highlighting a food theme of “Fall Fitness.” 

Fuel your fitness with a recipe like baked apples with cinnamon and walnuts, quick-roasted acorn squash, canned chicken with apple-thyme sauce and more! Prepare a recipe that you would eat and enjoy if you were asked to shelter in place or make dinner during a power outage.

DAY 17 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts   

 1. Re-invent a recipe with a fitness twist, using at least one Featured Ingredient and only nonperishable items.This year’s Featured “Fall Fitness” Ingredients are;

  • cinnamon
  •  nutmeg
  •  cloves
  •  nuts
  •  canned pumpkin
  • canned or dried apple
  • canned squash 

Pantry items such as canned goods (fruit, vegetables and meats), seasonings, condiments, sweeteners, and potable water are good ideas.

2. Use manual tools (e.g., can openers and hand whisks) instead of modern appliances— especially microwaves— in the preparation. Use the oven and/or stovetop if you must, but we challenge you to use alternative, safe heating sources, (grill, campfire) if possible.

PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are special steps to complete today’s task:

Submit your recipe by following these steps:

  • Go to EmergencyKitCookoff.org
  • Click “Submit” to review the challenge guidelines
  • Select the “Submit a Recipe” button in the upper right corner of the page.
  • Include a photo of your delicious finished product with your submission. When you click “Submit a Recipe,” you will see the “browse” button. Click this to include your photo. Please include a photo that is less than 100 MB and is in png, jpg, or jpeg file format, so we can showcase your “Fall Fitness” creation. A picture snapped with your smartphone will do just fine.

ALSO BE SURE TO:

  • Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
  • Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.)
  • Email us at info@30Days30ways.com

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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 16: Hydrate X3

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“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” Water is vital for our existence, and we can never have too much put aside in our emergency kit.

DAY 16 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Tell us how you would be able to purify water from a non-sterile source. Let us know if you have all of the materials needed at your home to purify water (via your explained method). Share a photo.  Be sure to include the #14GallonChallenge

Level Up: 5 pts Show us a photo of any alternative sources and purification devices you may have. Again, be sure to include the #14GallonChallenge Hashtag

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
  2. Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.
  3. Email us at info@30Days30ways.com

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 15: On the Go

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A few years ago we were warned about a winter snowstorm due to hit our area around 3:00 in the afternoon. Unfortunately, most people didn’t take it very seriously, and later, many were forced to abandon their vehicles on the side of the road. Others struggled to drive home, battling not only the usual heavy traffic but also the miserable weather. It took a friend nearly nine hours to travel what was usually a 45 to 60-minute commute.

Because we don’t know where we’ll be when an emergency happens, it’s important to keep some basic supplies in your vehicle.

DAY 15 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    List four items you have (or will include) in your car kit. If you don’t commute by automobile, tell us what you carry with you every day, and how you transport it.

Level Up: 5 pts

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PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 14: Let Me Entertain You

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My husband and son have been playing a lot of Trivial Pursuit over the past few weeks and it’s been fun to listen to them while I’m working on my computer. I’m amazed at the obscure, random bits of knowledge my son has, and while my husband may not be able to answer the questions I can, he is much better at some of the topics I can only guess at.

From cable tv to on-line movies and computer games, a lot of our entertainment revolves around the internet. It’s refreshing to hear people talk about family game nights, to see people reading actual books or playing cards.

DAY 14 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    What type of entertainment have you included in your emergency kit that doesn’t require any electrical or battery power? Share a photo highlighting the different options.

Level Up: 5 pts What type of activities could include four or more people? Describe items that could be used to engage a group.

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.

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Task 13: Shelter “In Place”

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People are often asked to shelter in place during an emergency or when a disaster happens. In 2018, the wildfires in Alaska, California, and Canada produced such massive amounts of heavy, dark smoke that the health and well-being of hundreds of people were impacted.

DAY 13 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    If you were told to shelter in place for health reasons, what are the top five things you would need to do this? Share a photo of your supplies.

Level Up: 5 pts Identify the room in your house that is best suited for this purpose. What modifications would you need to make to increase the security of this space?

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PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 12: Copy That!

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We’ve seen it happen over and over. After the tornadoes, the floods, the hurricanes, and the earthquakes, getting financial help to the victims takes time. Having your personal information readily available will help to expedite the process.

DAY 12 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    For today’s challenge, we want you to identify your “important records”. (Share only general, non-identifying information, please.) Tell us how you are storing them.

Level Up: 5 pts If you close your eyes and try to list everything in your home by memory, you will find it to be a nearly impossible task. For insurance purposes, it’s important to also document your personal possessions. Add photos or videos of your possessions to your “important documents” and tell us what version you have chosen – photo, video, or a list .

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
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Task 11: Thank You – 9/11 Tribute

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Today marks the anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks. Today also marks Patriots Day in honor of those who not only lost their lives on that September day, but also for the thousands of First Responders who worked on the response and recovery. Some who have since lost their lives due to their exposure to the sights of those attacks. While we can never repay them for their brave heroic efforts, we can show our gratitude for what they did.

As we reflect on that day, I remember stories first hand captured by cell phones. For many, these devices became lifelines to connect with loved ones. With our dependency today on these devices, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to talk about how to make your cell phone your No. 1 safety tool. I have a back up battery pack on my phone… I carry a back up battery, inside the case I can hide emergency money. I have added contact info to my screensaver. I also have several apps on my phone…

DAY 11 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    We want you to share some of the ways you can make your phone your No. 1 Safety Tool.. Do you carry back up power? What apps do you have? What other items have you added or downloaded onto your phone that you can share.

Level Up: 5 pts We want you to find ways to not only pay tribute to the memory of those lost on 9/11, but also find a way to thank a local first responder in your area. Think about how you can make that “Thank You” personal. It’s easy to post a comment online or even send a thank you note. For Today’s level up, we want you to find a more lasting and personal way to thank local First Responders for what they do each and every day..

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PROOF OF COMPLETION:  There are 3 ways you can complete this task:

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Task 10: DONE!

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I’m currently using a computer system that requires me to change my password every 30 days. So far I haven’t had any problems remembering my login information, but I will confess to writing myself obscure notes as a reminder – and then forgetting what my notes were for.

We use our computers to store and access personal information and websites. The use of passwords allows us to prove our identity and connect with email accounts, various websites, and the computer itself. One security tip often given is to change our passwords frequently. When was the last time you did this for all of your accounts?

DAY 10 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Update your computer passwords. Post “Done” to let us know you’ve completed the task. Hint: Do not use the same password for all of your accounts!

Level Up: 5 pts Without sharing specific personal details, tell us how you secure your passwords. Have you tried other methods? What makes this system work for you?

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
  2. Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.
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Task 9: Where Shall We Meet?

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They are words we hear often: “where should we meet?” Getting together with friends? Talking about a project with co-workers? Picking up a child from school? Much of our activities center around a common meeting area.

In an emergency, the ability to leave a building quickly is only the first step of a successful evacuation. The second part is knowing that everyone is safely accounted for and no one is missing.

DAY 9 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Today’s challenge focuses on meeting up. Practice evacuating your family to your agreed upon meeting place. Share a photo of everyone’s feet — don’t forget the family pets!

Level Up: 5 pts Choose one of the following locations where you may spend time each week and identify your meeting place. Convince others to join you and post a photo, including a sign identifying where you are: 

  • Place of Employment
  • Schools
  • Fitness Centers
  • Churches/Worship Centers
  • Grocery Stores
  • Restaurants

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  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
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Task 8: Duck and Cover

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Having experienced a major earthquake, I have learned first-hand why it’s important not to have anything heavy or breakable over my bed. In an effort to utilize all of the space in our homes, we often hang or store items up high or over our heads. Unfortunately, there have been too many instances where people, especially kids, have been hurt or killed because something fell or a piece of furniture tipped over on them.

DAY 8 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Today, we would like you to identify two or three hazards in your home and their potential solutions.  

Level Up: 5 pts Post a photograph of how you corrected at least one of your hazardous situations.

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
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Task 7: Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

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In this world of electronic capabilities, debit and credit cards, when the power goes out, so does our ability to access money. In 1994, my husband and I were in Northridge, California when the 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck. We were okay, but being hungry, we stopped at a small store for something to eat. There was lots of broken glass and no power, and a candy bar, usually only 60 cents at the time, cost me $5 because that was the smallest bill I had in my wallet.

DAY 7 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    Today we want you to tell us if you have cash on hand. Receive 1 point for reporting whether you have OVER or UNDER $100 in cash with your emergency supplies. Receive 1 point if it is in small bills ($10 bills or less).

Level Up: 5 pts Increase the amount of your emergency cash on hand. Commit to adding a specific amount weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly – whatever works best for you. It doesn’t have to be a large amount; whether 50 cents or $25, again, it’s what works for you. Check back in with us by the end of the month and let us know how you’ve done.

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
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Task 6: Viral Virus

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Hey there everyone, Its Eric and Jodi with the 30 Days 30 ways Gang… Something that completely grosses me out is knowing that people use the restroom without cleaning their hands. I don’t want to shake hands with this person, or worse, have them hand me something to eat! Washing your hands is one of the most important ways to help prevent spreading germs. I learned to do so by singing my ABCs; my kids sang the Happy Birthday song. However you time yourself, the key is to rub your soapy hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds.

For today’s challenge, we once again partner with our friends across the “Pond” 30 Days, 30 Ways UK ” for our Viral Virus Challenge!!

So I recently got hooked on the Social Media Platform Tik Tok… For those that have not heard of it, it is basically a platform where people try to come up or out do others on little 15 sec dance clips to some of the biggest hits. I will tell you, I’ve lost a couple hours getting sucked into these videos… Each year of this challenge, we have also had some sort of pop culture challenge… this year we are combining those… We want you to track how many times you wash your hands in one day. Share a photo or video of you washing your hands – you’ll get an extra point if you sing!

A few years back during this challenge we shared this video from the Washington State Departement of Health. Take a listen…

Now is your chance!! We want you to either use Wash Your Handsington or another song.. hopefully in a Tik Tok fashion to create a video!! Jodi and I will be working on ours too….

DAY 6 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    For today’s challenge, we want you to track how many times you wash your hands in one day. Share a photo or video of you washing your hands – you’ll get an extra point if you sing! We’re in competition with the United Kingdom on this one and want to get more people washing their hands!

Level Up: 5 pts What disaster sanitation supplies do you need if the toilets don’t flush – what supplies do you have on hand? Show us by creating a viral video.

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
  2. Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.)
  3. Email us at info@30Days30ways.com

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 5: Go To The Source

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Each year of this challenge, we have asked you to identify your local emrgency manager, connect with them and share that you are taking the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge. Connecting with your local emerency management office, and knowing where to find critical information before, during and after an emergency is an important part of any disaster communication plan. For our 10th anniversary, why change what isn’t broken? Besides, we would love to see EVERYONE taking and sharing the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge!


Each year of this challenge, we have asked you to identify your local emrgency manager, connect with them and share that you are taking the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge. Connecting with your local emerency management office, and knowing where to find critical information before, during and after an emergency is an important part of any disaster communication plan. For our 10th anniversary, why change what isn’t broken? Besides, we would love to see EVERYONE taking and sharing the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge!

Level Up: 5 pts Share with us your trusted sources for info? How do you verify information is accurate?

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 3 ways you can complete this task:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
  2. Provide the answer on Twitter (Please include @30Days_30ways or hashtag #30Days30Ways in any tweets.
  3. Email us at info@30Days30ways.com

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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