Today was the 2012 Preparedness Expo at NDSU. The Expo is an annual event hosted by NDSU’s Emergency Management Student Association in conjunction with NDSU’s Department of Emergency Management. The focus of the event is information and education on hazard awareness and preparedness. Partners from across the community and campus came out for the day and visited with students, staff, faculty, and community members.
My students participate in the conference. They are tasked with speaking with attendees about their creative mitigation projects and their preparedness PSAs. The PSAs feature rubber ducks and have become infamous over time. Each year we give away adorable rubber ducks to attendees in the hope that the duck will remind them of the primary message:
You can’t duck the facts.
Get your ducks in a row.
The NDSU community loves the ducks. They can be spotted in offices across the campus. Each year folks come and find a new favorite to add to their collection or find the perfect duck to start a new collection. Over time, the ducks have become the informal ambassadors of the Expo.
Second only to the ducks themselves are the duck robe and slippers combo that has been a part of the duck themed message since the beginning. Some of my students were gracious enough to model our duck wear. I share those photos here along with a few other photos from the Expo.
Remember the message of the ducks. Own your own risk management. Make a plan, get a kit, be informed – do what you need to do to help ensure that you and your family are better prepared to deal with an emergency or disaster. Little steps go a long way.
Visit ready.gov for lots of free information and tips on becoming better prepared. Don’t think that you don’t have the time or the money to become better prepared. You can improve your preparedness dramatically for a small cost and a minimal time commitment. A little bit of effort before something happens may be the thing that saves the life of of one of your loved ones. Yes, it is that important. Get your ducks in a row.
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