Day 11: We Remember and Learn

Today marks the 20th 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 of individuals who once the towers were hit, got turned around and were not able to find their way out using the stairs. While there had been evacuation drills, people had only practiced one emergency exit out of the building. Others so in shock made poor decisions about exiting and others followed.

I used to help with fire drills in one of the area schools where I grew up. One year, we placed a large cardboard cutout painted to resemble fire. Everyone was lost when they came out of their classrooms, and their normal route was blocked.

DAY 11 Challenge:1-3, or 5 pts    It has been a couple years since we have included a fire drill in our annual challenge. This year it is back! For today’s challenge we want you to discuss with everyone in your household about getting out safely and where to meet in case of a fire or for any other reasons. Please share a pic or video of everyone’s feet at your meeting place.

Level Up: 5 pts For today’s level up, we want you to take it up a step. We want you to create a fire drill where one of the main exits from your home is blocked. Share with us what your family members did when they discovered their nearest exit was not accessible. Share with us how much longer it took for folks to get out safely using a different route. Also consider organizing a fire drill for your work, school, or place of worship!


Find Allies:  Recruit friends and family members to play 30 Days, 30 Ways…. Challenge your family, your place of work or school, your place of worship, your neighborhood and your community to take the 30 Days challenge! 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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