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Students can participate in Preparedness Month

COVINGTON — Ready Georgia is partnering with The Home Depot stores statewide to provide a preparedness-themed activity during the company’s monthly Kids Workshop. Throughout the month, Georgians can access a Verizon Wireless digital coupon for 25 percent off an accessory that can be utilized during severe weather emergencies, such as a phone charger or battery, by simply texting “ReadyGeorgia” to 22699. The offer is part of a joint effort between the wireless giant and Ready Georgia to promote disaster readiness. Other activities include in-store displays with emergency tips and resources, as well as a series of customer tutorials on free preparedness apps at select Verizon stores.

Student Art, Essay and Video Contest

For the fifth year, Georgia’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders have the chance to commemorate National Preparedness Month by entering Ready Georgia’s Art, Essay and Video Contest. From Sept. 1 through Oct. 18, students can submit entries that creatively reflect the theme – “Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared” – and illustrate their personal experiences or knowledge of disaster preparedness. A team of judges will review the entries and select the top finishers, with first, second and third prizes awarded in the art and essay categories, and one winner selected in the video category. All winners will be featured on the Ready Georgia website at www.ready.ga.gov, Flickr page and Facebook page.

Facebook Caption Contest

In addition, Ready Georgia launched a month-long Facebook contest on Sept. 4 challenging residents to craft catchy captions to accompany various pet memes — all featuring an emergency preparedness theme. As part of the “Ready, Pet … Caption!” contest, participants can compete for prizes by providing their most creative description of the featured weekly image. A “judge’s choice” will be chosen by the GEMA team each week, while “people’s choice” will be whichever caption draws the most “likes” during that same timeframe. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ReadyGA.