TASK 18: What’s Your Special Need??

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Since about the time I was in the third grade, I have worn glasses.  My prescription is a bit more than just for reading glasses.  In fact for me, to see anything clearly without them, is very difficult.  On a daily basis, I usually wear contacts.  After an emergency, where I would have limited access to proper ways to storage and cleaning them, my glasses would become invaluable to me to function.

To me, my glasses are one of my special needs.  Too many times when we talk about folks with special needs, we think of individuals with mobility issues or perhaps relying on oxygen on a daily basis, however we all have some sort of special needs.

If you have children or pets, they require special needs.  If you take any type of medication on a daily basis you have special needs.  If you need coffee or dark chocolate like me… you have a special need. Today we want to know if you have taken into consideration your special needs??

DAY 18 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt: List any items that may be a special need for you.

2 Pts:   Now lets think about your neighborhood… Are their individuals on your block that have a special need you could assist with during an emergency or disaster.  How could you help?

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 17: Back Me Up Scotty!!

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When we consider what we need to be prepared, we often talk about items to get us through the disaster, overlooking things we may need to put our lives back together after the storm.

My sister recently had a house fire, and luckily she had backed up, and made duplicate copies of important documents. As prepared as she thought she was, she realized she could have made the process of working with her insurance company a bit simpler by having up to date information and pictures of her home’s current belongings to prove what was all in her home.

Picking up the pieces is sometimes more difficult than surviving the disaster.  For today’s task, we want you to think about what you might need to pick up the pieces and get life back to “normal” after the storm.  Think about what documents, you might need to have access to, where you would store them, along with methods of storage.  We want you to also think about how often you may need to update these and how to you remind yourself to take a look at them.

DAY 17 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt: Do you have a copy of important documents stored?  What types of important documents do you keep?

2 Pts:   Share some examples of how you can safely store important records and how often you update them.

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 16: Cccchh Cccchh Cccchh Charge It!

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In today’s age, keeping “connected” has become a way of life. For many of us, our smartphone is as just as important as our wallet.  In an emergency that, smartphone may become our life line to important information in where to find resources, and connecting with loved ones.

Beyond Smartphones, much of our lives include devices, electronics and appliances that all require batteries that need to be replaced or charged, or a chord and outlet to work.

Today we want you not only to tell us about how you potentially would keep your devices charged,  but what what you have stored to power emergency essentials, (flashlights, heat source, food preparation.)

DAY 16 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt:  What type of portable power do you keep around to keep your devices charged?

3 Pts:   What’s in your kit to safely power portable lighting, heat sources and food preparation..  How many days would your power supply last?

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 15: Recipe Not-Impossible

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Today, we announce a wonderful partnership with our friends at the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, creators of the Emergency Kit Cook-Off.

Have you ever thought about cooking with only shelf-stable or nonperishable products? Yes, friends, that second can of Spam that you impulsively bought as part of a Buy One Get One Free offer might be useful after all.

Kit Cook-Off LogoDAY 15 ACTIVITY:

Today, we want you to create an Emergency Kit Cook-Off recipe.  Specifically, we challenge you to:

1) Create a recipe that pairs at least one Featured Ingredient with other nonperishable foods from your kit and pantry.

AND

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 safe, alternative heating sources if possible.

This year’s Featured Ingredients are:

  • Protein:  Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
  • Fruit or Vegetable: Canned Pumpkin
  • Starch, grain or nut:  Instant Ramen Noodles
  • Beverage:  Almond Milk 
  • Comfort food:  Dark Chocolate

PROOF OF COMPLETION:

There are TWO parts in completing today’s task….

To complete this task:

PART 1:

  • Go to http://www.emergencykitcookoff.org
  • Click the slide that says “Submit a Recipe” or look or the “Submit a Recipe” button in the upper right corner of any interior webpage.
  • Submit a Recipe according to the guidelines outlined under the “Participate” tab (http://www.emergencykitcookoff.org/participate).
  • After submitting your recipe, you will be asked to tweet about your participation. Copy & paste the following into the field:

 I created an Emergency #KitCookOff recipe using nonperishables for #30days30ways. Join the fun & submit your recipe to http://bit.ly/1lAavoG

 PART 2:

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:

EVERYONE who plays will receive an Emergency Kit Cook-Off apron!

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.

Thanks for playing and supporting one of the wonderful partnerships we’ve established through this game!

 

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Task 14: Who Dat Calling?

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Disaster after disaster, trying to connect with not only help, but with loved ones is always an issue.  As we’ve seen, systems can easily be overwhelmed with individuals needing help, and connecting with loved ones to let them know  they are OK.

It’s important to know that phone lines can quickly become overwhelmed as circuits are tied up. It’s also important to note where a voice call may fail, a text message may get through based on the technology platforms that support each.

It’s also important to recognize that because of the potentially weakened system and overuse of the system in the area of the emergency, the need in having an out of area contact who can relay your condition to other loved ones.

DAY 14 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt:  Do you have an Out of Area Contact?  Tell us what State they are in..

2 Pts:   Contact your out of State area.  Tell them you are playing #30Days30Ways and have them message us.  Along with the normal ways to complete daily tasks, your out of area contacts can text or call and leave a message on the Google Voice number number  360-524-2574

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 13: Race The Clock Challenge

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We have seen challenge after challenge the last couple months.  First we had the “Ice Bucket Challenge” that made its way through the Law Enforcement Circles for the Officer Down Memorial  before it jumped ship and became a hugely popular fundraiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) Recently we started seeing the “Bunker Gear Challenge” in which firefighter’s would challenge the clock in getting fully geared up to raise money for the Fallen Firefighter Foundation.  Today we want you to take another challenge…

Each year we have at least one task throughout the month that relates to a fire or evacuation drill.  The three most common causes for home fires continue to be cooking, smoking, and candles.  All three are preventable.  Knowing how to get out, and where to go is something that we all need to know.  This task holds a special place, especially with the rise recently we have seen in house fires.

DAY 13 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt:  Take a pic or draw a map of your meeting place at home, school or work. Be sure to include the #30Days30Ways #hashtag in your pic.

.2 Pts:   It’s time for a fire/evacuation drill…   Race the clock and time your drill.  Send us a pic of everyone being out.  this can be just everyone’s feet.  Be sure to include the #30Days30Ways hashtag with your pic.

 

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 12: Take a Little Walk…

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Creative Commons via KirstyHall

Have you ever been driving home when you see a new business that seems like it sprung up overnight? Did you ask yourself, “how long has that been there?” Each day we all go about our normal routines.  We get up, go to work, errands, kids from school, kids activities… As part of that normal routine, we sometimes end up on auto-pilot as we enter and leave our neighborhoods, occupied by the tasks at hand.  We know our communities, and the best routes to take. We take these routes so frequently, if it wasn’t for traffic slowing us down, we could probably do it with our eyes closed. ( We do NOT encourage this. )   But with our focus on the task at hand we sometimes miss the small changes around us.

Now lets just imagine, there is an emergency in your community.  It doesn’t need to be the Zombie Apocalypse, but lets pretend roads are not open and there is no public transit.

DAY 12 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt:  Identify what is within a 20 minute walk of your home, without being too specific…  Fire Stations, Churches, Grocery stores, resources that my be useful in an emergency.. etc.   or take a virtual walk if you can’t physically.

.2 Pts:   What Hazards are within that same 20 minute walk?  Bridges, Highways, Rail, Hazardous Materials?   Don’t forget hidden hazards.. Pipelines, Earthquake Faults.

 

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 11: Say Something….

Today, Patriot”s Day, marks the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.  This day will always have a special place in my heart like so many others.  I can still remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that fateful day.

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Bad things can happen anywhere, even in your own neighborhood. Hopefully you never have to experience anything such as what happened on 9/11 however there are people around us, willing to damage neighborhoods, and potentially break into homes with no regard.

Crime prevention begins at home and with your neighbors!

DAY 11 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt:  Share an idea or resource in how to keep your home and neighborhood safe.

.2 Pts:   We want you to do a little research.  Do you know where to find “Crime Watch” information for your neighborhood?  Share what you find about where you live without sharing too much about where you live…    Were you surprised?

 

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 10: HOW OLD??

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If you are like me, there are times when you look into my refrigerator, and it looks like I am growing spores in creating my own medicines.  It’s easy to forget how old something may be when it’s out of sight.

The same thing goes for our medicine cabinets.  Today we want to focus on prescription safety and how to properly dispose of old medications.  Unlike items that may be forgotten in our frig, we cannot just throw old medications in the garbage.

DAY 10 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt:  Share a resource in how and where to dispose of old medications properly.

.2 Pts: Clean out your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of old medications.

BONUS:  Clean out your refrigerator while you are at it!

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 9: Did That Really Say….

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We’ve all seen a sign out there that doesn’t exactly make the point it intended.  Or perhaps regarding something that seems so obvious, why would a sign be needed.  Signs related to emergencies and safety are not excluded.  It’s usually these signs or slogans, with a comma in the wrong place or the misuse of a work that make things go viral.

 

Today’s task has a total of 5 pts available so being creative could give you an advantage this month.

DAY 9 ACTIVITY:

1 Pt:  Share a Funny Emergency Sign

1 Pt: If you found the sign and took the picture yourself.

3 Pts:  Are you willing to make yourself into an emergency sign or safety message… such as the “wear your life jacket to work”

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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