Emergency Preparedness And Readiness Challenge Giveaway

Emergency Preparedness Steps

August, 2011: Earthquake hits New Jersey;  Hurricane Irene Causes Jerseyians to Evacuate

Hubby and I were in the Midwest safe but worried.  Our family, our pets, our home, our possession were all under warning.  My daughter called to assure me that things were under control and all was safe.  I could not help but add the words, “For now.”  You see we live in a flood zone a few miles from the Atlantic, the Barnegat Bay, the lagoons.

I bought our bi-level, a Total Electric home, long before Nixon’s Energy Crisis.  If the power goes out, nothing works – been there, done that.  So over the years, we learned to be prepared.  It’s all about being ready for the emergency while praying that it never happens.  With a coal-burning stove, kerosene heater, water cooler, oil lamps, candles, propane grill, and a stock of food  always on hand, neither wind nor rain nor snow nor sleet….  Funny, that is what the U. S. Postal Service advertises.

In a few days it will be the tenth anniversary of 9/11,  a day that changed our lives forever and brought us into the War on Terrorism, the longest was we fought ever.  No one was prepared back then for its wanton tragedy and destruction.  Without power, phone lines, or transportation, those in NYC had little but their wits  to help them get through that emergency.  Too bad that the NYC Office of Emergency Management’s Ready New York wasn’t around at that time.  Its Go-Kit bag, pocket radio,flashlight, first-aid kit, batteries, worker’s gloves, light sticks, emergency blanket, tissues, and whistle (approx. value $50) would have been invaluable.

I support the Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s Ready New York campaign.  Just like a good scout is prepared, all of us too should be.  Ask yourself, “How well am I prepared for a natural disaster or emergency?”  Not sure, then go to the Ready New York’s Readiness Challenge tool, make some quick decisions, then go with it.  The Readiness Challenge  ties in the My Meeting Place Facebook application and other OEM materials.

September is National Preparedness Month.  Get aware.   Have you gathered a backpack with the things you really need to move in a hurry?  You are not alone.

If the City can plan and rebuild for the future, don’t you think you would be wise to learn how to take action yourself?   Hint:

#1  Make a plan.

#2  Get a kit.

#3  Be informed.

Meanwhile, one Ready New York Pack is yours to win.  Here’s how to enter.


ONE winner will receive a prize pack that includes: Go-Kit Bag, Pocket Radio, Flashlight, First-Aid Kit, Batteries, Worker’s Gloves, Light Sticks, Emergency Blankets, and more! ($50 value)


To enter take the Readiness Challenge and then leave a comment on this post telling me ow you did or what you learned.


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