What is 30 Days 30 Ways?

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30 Days, 30 Ways is a disaster preparedness game that started in 2010 by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in Vancouver, Washington.Each September, we post one simple readiness task each day.

Each day will have a different emergency preparedness theme and a daily winner will be selected from among the participants.

You can enter as many times as you would like.

Entries will be judged on their creativity, their relevance to the day’s theme and importance of the message.

Who Plays This Game?

Anyone is welcome to play.

Whether you have emergency services experience or not, we want people to consider each of these tasks and evaluate their own personal readiness.

We will all face crisis moments in our lives.

From encountering a car accident to learning of the loss of a loved one, these tasks will help you acquire some skills and be a little more ready to take on those difficult days.

When Does The Game Start?

Join us beginning September 1st!

What is 30 Days 30 Ways?

30 Days, 30 Ways is a disaster preparedness game that started in 2010 by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in Vancouver, Washington.Each September, we post one simple readiness task each day.

 

Each day will have a different emergency preparedness theme and a daily winner will be selected from among the participants.

You can enter as many times as you would like.

Entries will be judged on their creativity, their relevance to the day’s theme and importance of the message.

Who Plays This Game?

Anyone is welcome to play.

Whether you have emergency services experience or not, we want people to consider each of these tasks and evaluate their own personal readiness.

We will all face crisis moments in our lives.

From encountering a car accident to learning of the loss of a loved one, these tasks will help you acquire some skills and be a little more ready to take on those difficult days.

When Does The Game Start?

Join us beginning September 1st!

This Year The Winners Are:

With the dust and smoke settling, we finally were able to get around and complete our wrap up for 2017 and another successful 30 Days, 30 Ways!!.  We once again had some outstanding players from across the country and the globe with several individuals completing well over 2/3 of the 30 daily challenges we provided!!

Below is a list of our top players in no significant order…. If your name is on this list, please contact us (you can email 30Days,30Ways Game Admin directly at Eric.frank@clark.wa.gov) with your email address so we can get your Amazon Gift Card code emailed to you!!

C. Burleson

J. Ohama

R. Rogers

E. Shojinga

Thanks again to everyone who particpated in the 2017 challenge. We hope you enjoyed this years game and look forward to 2018!!

That’s a Wrap!!

We just want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s 30 Days 30 Ways Challenge!  We had a great time bringing you the challenge and look forward to starting next years preparations.  Looking back at this year’s challenge, we once again had players in many states and even a few countries.  We were happy to see so many new players this year participating in the challenge. Close to 70% of those who took the challenge took if for the first time!!  We credit our returning players for this as you recruited your “allies” along the way.

We are busily working on finalizing points for everyone who participated in the challenge, and should be connecting with winners within the next few weeks.  At that time we will announce the winners.

This Challenge would not be nearly as successful if it was not for all of our Community Partners and Sponsors!  We would especially like to thank the Emergency Kit Cook Off, the Regional Water Consortium and 30 Days, 30 Ways UK, for once again partnering with us to bring a few special daily challenges.

As we finish up this year’s challenge, we again thank all that particpated, took, shared, lurked and watched this years challenge.  We will see you in 2018!!

 

2017 June Monthly Challenge

I can’t believe its already JUNE!!  … I apologize in being a little late in getting your monthly topic posted.    Memorial Day weekend kicks off a busy preparedness time for those of us at 30 Days, 30 Ways.  In our day to day roles it means working a lot more weekends and evenings as we try to share a message about the importance of being prepared.  It also means we are in high gear of putting together this years 30 Days challenge for the month of September.  With that being said, we want to take this month and ask you about subjects you wish we would spend more time discussing during our month long challenge in September.  Please share topics and how it could be a daily challenge.  If we use your challenge this year, you will be rewarded with an Amazon Gift Card also!

Junes’s Topic: Preparedness Cornucopia

As I mentioned above, we are in the process of putting together this years Sept 30 Days month long challenge.  We know there are topics you would love to discuss more, or that we just have not gotten around to.  For this month we want you to give us the topics and the challenges to add to this years game.

Remember, daily challenges usually should not take more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Be sure to consider all levels of preparedness activity as you create your challenge…. and GO!!

 

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

We suggest all comments and response be made on the 30Days30ways Facebook page to help stir a conversation, however you can also email us at info@30days30ways.com

2017 May Monthly Challenge

Its May… and time for our 5th Monthly Challenge for 2017.   We hope these monthly challenges allow you to look closer at your own preparedness and start a conversation with loved ones, family and friends in how to be better prepared.

May’s Topic: Hack It

You cannot go a day without almost without hearing a report of someone’s account getting hacked.  In fact according to some of the info-commercials out there, someones personal information is stolen about every 43 seconds!  Identity Theft and Cyber-security have become real concerns for every individual  More and more of us use the conveniences of online shopping, and bill pay, for everything from fitness, to grocery shopping.  Today most of all the transactions we do are with plastic which has made it easier for hackers to find ways to target our accounts.

CyberSecurity:

There are lots of recommendations out there how to keep your personal information safe.  From safeguarding your personal information on paper, online and your devices, to changing passwords and using different passwords for different accounts.  There are even services out there providing basically an insurance plan in monitoring to help keep your information safe.  This month we want you, without giving too many details, share information and practices you have found and use with others taking this challenge.

Examine Your Answers:

  • Give suggestions on services methods to keep passwords safe.
  • Share ideas on how to get set up with alerts on your accounts.
  • Share information regarding resources to help someone strengthen their online security.
  • Share how you identify scams and how you ensure you do not fall for them.
  • Give suggestions on how to keep information backed up safely.

Finally…. take this time to change your passwords!!

Included is a link from the Federal Trade Commission regarding Consumer Information to get you started!

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

We suggest all comments and response be made on the 30Days30ways Facebook page to help stir a conversation, however you can also email us at info@30days30ways.com

2017 April Monthly Challenge

As we announced in December, this year we are launching monthly challenges for a deeper dive into preparedness.  We will be picking a topic and in turn hoping you help create a real dialogue around that subject for the month.

April’s Topic:

So far this month, we have looked at water, food, and where you get your information. This month we want to talk about preparedness beyond your home. We want to dive into preparing your neighborhoods AS a neighborhood.

Knowing Your Neighborhood:

After the 2011 Japan earthquake, studies found that communities that were more connected actually bounced back quicker and better than those communities that were not nearly as connected to each other.  Growing up, I remember knowing all of the neighbors around me. Each house in the neighborhood, had phone numbers for everyone else in an old fashioned phone tree.  Neighbors looked out for one another, and even let neighbors know when they would be out of town to help keep an eye on their place while they were gone.   As a child, I may not have been a big fan of this system, because these same neighbors made sure my parents knew if I did something I shouldn’t.  Today, even with modern technology, I still try to stay connected with neighbors.  Through Facebook, Next Door, and good old fashioned phone numbers I try to stay connected with neighbors and in turn we look out for each other when needed.

 

For years we have been talking about preparing for emergencies encouraging individuals to make a kit and a plan.  Part of that plan has been encouraging individuals to consider using Map Your Neighborhood to better know what resources you may have right around you.   We truly believe Neighborhoods that Prepare Together will be better off when that disaster may strike

Examine Your Answers:

This month we want you to look at how well you are connected to your neighborhood and those that live around you.

  • Have you introduced yourself to at least three neighbors, and have you created a phone tree or another way to communicate with them if needed?
  • Have you talked to your neighbors about emergency preparedness?
  • Have you discussed potentially what each may offer and what they may need?
  • Have you Mapped Your Neighborhood or used a similar model to get to know who lives around you?
  • If not, what fears do you have about starting that conversation?

Sharing With Others:

Several studies have shown that a very small cross-section of this country are actually prepared for emergencies.  Today we start changing that!!  We want you to think about what motivated you to start becoming better prepared for emergencies.  Why did you make a conscious effort to prepare your family?  What motivated you?  What keeps you motivated?  Have you shared that motivation with others?

Helping Others:

Has how  we have been going about “telling” folks what they need to be better prepared for emergencies working?  What if they personally are struggling with basic needs of shelter and or putting food on the table to feed their family?  How does our message make a difference in their lives?  What can we do to change this?  Your challenge is to think about what you can do to help make a change, and put it into action!

We cannot wait to hear each and everyone’s ideas and approaches.  Throughout the month, we will be checking in to see how each of you are doing and what ideas and solutions you may have come up with to move the conversation along!

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

We suggest all comments and response be made on the 30Days30ways Facebook page to help stir a conversation, however you can also email us at info@30days30ways.com