“30 Days, 30 Ways” is a disaster preparedness game that started in 2010 in Vancouver, Washington. It’s an easy way to use September (Emergency Preparedness Month) to get your home and neighborhood prepared for an emergency or disaster*. Each day the web site at 30days30ways.com have a different emergency preparedness theme and a daily winner will be selected from among the participants. You can also follow along on Facebook or Twitter.
Sure, it’s a game, but here in rural Thurston County, we know preparedness is no laughing matter. Each day’s activities highlights an important step you can easily take to become better equipped to weather out anything from an extended electrical power outage to The Big One we know is going to come, someday.
On Saturday, September 17, Thurston County Emergency Management will present it’s annual Emergency Preparedness Expo. This year it’s at the Rochester Middle School. This free event is a terrific way to hear speakers and meet with vendors with information about preparedness.
For more information about the Expo, contact Vivian Eason, Thurston County Emergency Management, at 360-867-2825 or email email@example.com
On Thursday, September 15, Thurston County Emergency Management will present a free class on “Map Your Neighborhood.” Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters. According to their web page, MYN will help you to:
- Learn the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood.
- Create a neighborhood map identifying locations of natural gas and propane tanks.
- Create a contact list that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.
- Identify the skills and equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in effective disaster response.
- Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
When an emergency strikes, you’re going to be glad you planned ahead. When disaster strikes, you’re going to be glad if both you and your neighbors have planned ahead.
*What’s the difference between an “emergency” and a “disaster”? Click here to check out our own disaster preparedness page, for the answer.