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Be Ready Challenge to hit city of Gresham social media sites


by: COURTESY: CITY OF GRESHAM - Bill Roach checks the batteries in a smoke alarm. Experts in emergency preparedness recommend having a working smoke alarm on each level of a home.To help residents become better prepared for disasters — and to recognize National Preparedness Month in September — the city of Gresham has launched what it hopes will be a fun challenge through its Facebook and Twitter sites.

It's called the "Be Ready Challenge," and here's how it works.

Every day in September at noon, the city will post a preparedness challenge on its Facebook and Twitter sites. Players have 24 hours to complete the task and provide proof of completion to get credit.

"The risks are real, but preparedness isn't hard," says Kelle Landavazo, community engagement coordinator. "To plan for an emergency, all you have to do is just start and talk about it with your family. This challenge is a great way to do both."

The person who completes the most challenges will win an American Red Cross two-person, 72-hour emergency kit. Random winners also will be selected for prizes throughout the month for participating.

To play, "like" the city of Gresham on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/Gresham, and follow the city on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Gresham.

National Preparedness Month is a national campaign throughout September that encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.