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Local emergency managers are encouraging area residents to prepare for disasters during the National Preparedness Month along with other agencies supporting the #30days30ways National Preparedness Month initiative.


September is the 10th annual National Preparedness Month which means that public safety agencies are busy working on a number of events to ensure that their communities are educated, informed and ready to face any type of crisis situation. This year’s national theme is “Be Your Own Hero!”


“One never knows when the next emergency will occur,” said Lloyd Colston, City of Altus Emergency Management director. “As one of my colleagues states, ‘you may be on your own for the First 24 hours.”


The area emergency management effort is partnering with the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)to provide Jackson County residents an entertaining and educational way to “do one thing” during the special emphasis month.


This year, CRESA will find many heroes by launching its huge online social media game called the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge which has its own website at www.30days30ways.com.


Being prepared for emergencies should be as common as wearing your seatbelt, and yet nearly every emergency preparedness survey conducted over the past 10 years indicates that 40-80% of people are unprepared to face certain hazards.


CRESA created this 30-day contest in September 2010 and have, in the last four years, recorded the completion of over 7,500 readiness tasks from players in 26 states and six countries.


Players will be given a daily challenge at 7 a.m. PDT each morning. Players may submit replies to each of the tasks involved over a 24-hour period through either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr.


Players can choose to play as many days as they would like throughout the month. All tasks will be short and will not require a significant amount of time to complete.


The primary goal is for people to share information about emergency preparedness, on social media, to reach people who may not otherwise think about being ready for disasters. Through sharing and re-sharing information, it is vital for people to think about these interesting themes.


Submissions will be reviewed for their creativity, relativity to the task and its evident popularity online. Thanks to generous sponsors, winners will be selected on a daily basis and rewarded with either a $10 gift card to Starbucks Coffee or Amazon. There will also be two Grand Prize winners, selected in October, who will win a $50 Amazon card and a $10 Starbucks card.


This game sparks great conversations and is a wonderful platform for neighborhoods, scouts, schools and workplaces to use to consider how ready you are to “be your own hero!”


People who choose primarily to watch the game will be able to check out a Tumblr website at www.30daysPrepared.tumblr.com which will bring together the submissions from game players from around the world.


Local players should follow the #AltusOK, #OKready, and #NPM14 hashtags on Twitter and Facebook along with the CRESA #30days30ways marker.


“Those who do will see a daily dose of practical disaster preparedness information,” said Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Management director


For more information about National Preparedness Month, see http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/grouphome while http://altusem.blogspot.com is the Blog with local emergency management information.


For additional information about the local emergency management program, contact Cain at 580-482-0229 or Colston at 580-481-2260.

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