Raising Awareness to Prepare Families for Emergency Situations & Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
August 31, 2010

Emergencies can happen at any time and in any place.  On September 2nd, the Ad Council and New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) are kicking off some big events to help encourage parents to prepare in the case of an emergency.  Do you have a plan for your family for a nautral or man-made disaster?  What about an “every day” contingency plan, if an apartment fire, neighborhood power outage, or a water main break happened?  Would your family and friends be prepared and know where to meet up?

While many parents think they can simply “wing it” during a disaster, being the family’s first responder during an emergency takes more planning than one may realize.  The Ready New York City campaign is designed to educate and empower both parents and all New Yorkers to prepare for and respond to emergencies, large or small. 

During the major kick-off on September 2nd, the following things will be highlighted:

·  National Preparedness Month Kickoff in NYC

·  Launch of the Get Ready NYC: My Meeting Place Facebook application, which allows users to take the first step in making a plan by selecting and sharing your own meeting place with others. 

·  Lighting of the entire Empire State Building in yellow, which is the signature color of the ReadyNYC logo & program.

ReadyNYC’s three major steps towards getting prepared:

1) get an emergency supply kit (the “Go Bag” we mentioned)

2) make a family emergency plan (which relates to the Facebook application)

3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and the appropriate response.  Details for the three steps can be found on the ReadyNYC website: http://www.readynyc.org/
Each week of September will represent a new weekly theme for National Preparedness Month.  These relate to the three steps above, but ReadyNYC will host additional events to support these themes. 

Week 1: National Preparedness Month Events
Week 2: Make a Plan (Meeting point)
Week 3: Get a Kit (Go Bag supplies, Ready New Yorker of the month)
Week 4: Get Informed and Get Involved


1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will win a “Go Bag” Disaster Preparedness Starter Kit!!!


– Tell me in a comment how you and your family are prepared for an emergency. 


– Vote for The Mommy-Files on Top Mommy Blogs (simply click on the button on the sidebar) – 1 ENTRY
– Follow The Mommy-Files on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
– Tweet about the giveaway – 1 ENTRY DAILY
– Become a Fan of The Mommy-Files on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
– Become a Fan of the New York City Office of Emergency Management on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
– Follow me through Google Connect (new on the right side of the blog) – 1 ENTRY
– Subscribe to my blog – 1 ENTRY
– Add my Mommy-Files button to your blog and include the URL – 1 ENTRY
– Comment on any Non-Giveaway post on The Mommy-Files – 1 ENTRY per post comment (no limit)
– Blog about this giveaway and include the URL – 5 ENTRIES


– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

I received no compensation for this post.  The prize is supplied by the New York City Office of Emergency Management.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

88 Responses to “Raising Awareness to Prepare Families for Emergency Situations & Giveaway”

  1. Julia Young says:

    We are preparing by stockpiling some food, water, and by getting a generator.

  2. Julia Young says:

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  3. Jennifer says:

    I always have a few gallons of water in the bottom of our panty along with flashlights!

  4. debp says:

    We have food, water, candles, laterns, firewood,medicines, to prepare for a disaster.

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    E-mail subscriber

  9. Linda Kish says:

    I keep extra medications on hand.

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  11. Lori A. says:

    We actually aren’t very prepared. I will definitely get on top of doing that, though! The biggest threat we have in our area is tornados. We already store flashlights/laterns in our laundry room, but I need to prep it with more items such as gallon jugs of water and food.
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  14. Rachel C says:

    We have flashlights and batteries, but I think we’re probably not too prepared. That’s why we need this bag 🙂

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  21. Katie Stewart says:

    We’re not that prepared to be honest. Our church stresses emergency preparedness and food storage, but I haven’t made it a priority because we are currently living with my parents and felt like once I had my “own” place to store things, that I would do so. I guess I could (should!) at least start small!

  22. Kari says:

    I hate to say it, but, we are not prepared for an emergency. Extra water is about the only thing I have on hand right now. We really need to get better prepared.

  23. Kari says:

    I follow you on twitter as @alas3lads

  24. Kari says:

    i follow you via GFC

  25. Jennifer says:

    We have enough food on stock for a week of no power

  26. Jennifer says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@jkgorcery)

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  29. Daniel M says:

    actually we’re not very prepped

  30. Julianna says:

    We are nervous and not prepared. We would love the kit to get us started.

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  33. Linda F says:

    We keep lots of supplies on hand.

  34. Linda F says:

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  36. We have our medicine kit all ready to go, plus our first aid kit with water, emergency food, blankets, and even an emergency doggie kit.

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  47. Jaime P says:

    we really aren’t prepared at all! need to get busy

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  50. Michele P. says:

    batteries and flashlights, candles, hand cranked and solar chargers, radios and flashlights. Also looking into getting a solar oven. Stockpiling food, personal products and water. Buying charcoal which has indefinite shelf life if kept dry so we can BBQ if we have to.

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  52. Amanda A says:

    We have a generator, and always have food, water, and blankets in the car during the snowy season!

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  55. katklaw777 says:

    We are slightly prepared…we have some jugs of water, flashlights, candles and some first-aid supplies, but not all in one place like they should be. Great giveaway, thanks.

  56. Marci says:

    We have planned an escape route from our home and a list of numbers to call in case of an emergency.

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  67. tess says:

    We need this…we are not prepared at all..all we have stocked up for an emergency is bottled water.
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  72. Trisha Lynn says:

    I have tlked to my daughter about al possble scenerios and plans of what to do in each!

  73. Trisha Lynn says:

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