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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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 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.

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

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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.

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 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:

  1. Put your answer on our Facebook Fan Page or
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  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 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:

  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 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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  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 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
  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 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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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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