Using Cats for Emergency Preparedness

Walter the Cat

In a lighthearted twist, similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Zombie Apocalypse” campaign, The American Public Health Association (APHA) has announced a “Cat Preparedness Photo Contest” as part of its latest Get Ready emergency preparedness campaign.

In order to enter the contest, one needs only a photo of their cat and an appropriate caption which relates to one of the following categories covered by the Get Ready campaign: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Floods, Wildfires, Heat waves, Landslides, Volcanoes, Winter storms, Chemical exposures, Power outages, Sheltering in place, Mosquitoes, Safe buildings, Home disasters, Work, Mass event safety, Nuclear and radiation safety, Seniors and preparedness, School preparedness, Kids and preparedness, Moms and disasters, Parents and preparedness, Mental health and disasters, Vaccines: General information, Driving & disasters, and Food and water safety during disaster. The list is long, but the possibilities are endless.
In addition to answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) , the website provides rules and regulations and gallery of sample entries . Photos will be accepted through September 30, 2012 .

The fun of participating in this contest does not overlook the importance of preparing oneself and one’s family for real world emergencies. The APHA provides preparedness Fact Sheets in both English and Spanish for each of the aforementioned categories. Additionally, the Homeland Security Digital Library has an extensive collection of documents related to emergency preparedness which can be accessed through the library’s main site .

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