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Red Cross hosts 'Camp Prepare' to help people get ready for an emergency

Red Cross hosts 'Camp Prepare' to help people get ready for an emergency (Photo provided by Red Cross)

The Red Cross wants to know: How ready are you for an emergency?

The Red Cross' 'Camp Prepare' is bringing families out of the house and into the backyard Saturday night. The organization wants people to take their emergency kits on a campout test run, so they'll be prepared when tragedy strikes.

Participating families are encouraged to camp out using only the contents of their disaster preparedness kit to see how ready the really are.

Prize packages are being awarded to people who send in pictures of their camp, but the point of the event is to get people thinking about what they'll need in an emergency... before it's too late.

The emergency kits will come in handy when the so-called 'Big One' earthquake hits, and they could even be useful during the upcoming solar eclipse.

The Red Cross worries that stores could run out of food, and that traffic could leave people stranded during the August 21 event.

If you're still working on your emergency kit, the Red Cross recommends at least a three-day supply of food and water in case of a disaster. Larget disasters, like a Cascadia earthquake, may require supplies for several weeks. Click here for more information.

How to participate in Camp Prepare:

1. Camp out and take a photo to document your preparedness. Show your campsite, campers and supplies.

2. Share your Camp Prepare experience. Tell us if you needed additional supplies or share if you were completely ready. Take a photo/selfie and tag the Red Cross at:

  • Facebook: RedCrossCascades
  • Instagram: @RedCrossCascades
  • Twitter: @RedCrossCasc

3. Win prizes! The best 10 photos win a prize pack valued at more than $200 each. The prize pack includes a Leatherman multi-tool, a Leatherman flashlight and a Red Cross first aid kit.

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