This September, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) and the City of Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security will play 30 Days 30 Ways, an emergency preparedness game created to help engage the public and recognize that September is National Preparedness Month.
Each day during the month of September, a new challenge designed to improve proficiency in disaster preparedness will be posted to the 30 Days 30 Ways blog, located at 30Days30Ways.IndianapolisEMS.org.
A specific number of points will be assigned to each challenge and participants should aim to collect as many points as they can throughout the entirety of the game.
Participants can get themselves ready to play by doing the following activities:
* Following @IndianapolisEMS on Twitter by going to http://twitter.com/indianapolisems, or
* Liking Indianapolis EMS on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/IndianapolisEMS.
The challenges will be posted to the 30 Days 30 Ways blog and the Indianapolis EMS Twitter and Facebook pages by 8 a.m., each morning.
There are four ways participants are able to respond to each day's challenge, including:
* Comment on the blog post by visiting 30Days30Ways.IndianapolisEMS.org,
* Comment on the post or leave a post on the Indianapolis EMS Facebook page,
* Tweet a response to the Indianapolis EMS Twitter account using the hashtag #IN3030, or
* E-mail a response to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Players do not have to complete the task on the day in which it is initially assigned. However, all proofs must be completed and turned in by 11:59 p.m., Sept. 30, 2012, to receive credit. Proofs received beyond Sept. 30, 2012, will not be considered toward the prizes offered. However, task completion any time will help players improve upon their disaster preparedness knowledge.
By participating in the challenge, players will win the opportunity to improve their personal preparedness, take better care of those they love and stretch their brain to consider better contingency planning.
Awards and finalists names will be announced by Oct. 15. Finalists will have the option of remaining anonymous. They will be contacted first before announcing on the website.
Initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September to raise awareness about emergency preparedness and to provide tips on how everyone can prepare their homes, businesses and communities for emergencies of all types.