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CDC's "Are You Prepared?" Video Contest Winner

September was National Preparedness month and CDC asked, "Are You Prepared?" Emergencies affect thousands of people every year. They can include earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, severe heat, and disease outbreaks, just to name a few. Although emergencies are ever-present, many people are not prepared to deal with them. Even though local, state, and federal governments will provide aid, disasters start with you on the front lines. Families, schools, and organizations can ensure that they are prepared should disaster strike by making a plan, gathering necessary supplies, and being informed about the types of disasters that may occur and how to respond to them.

Contest Winner

In honor of Preparedness Month, CDC hosted the Are You Prepared? Video Contest. We got lots of entertaining videos showing how you were prepared for any emergency (yes, even a zombie apocalypse). After much deliberation, the votes are in. CDC is proud to announce, the Burlington County Health Department of Westhampton, New Jersey the winner of the Are You Prepared? Video Contest.

Holly Cucuzzella, Tina Rizzo, Kelly Donnelly, John Sivon, and Mark Schmitt created a Jersey Shore spoof to show how they prepare for an emergency. Our judges loved the new phrase GMB ("get a kit, make a plan, be informed") and the title of the video, "Ready Fo' Sure" had everyone laughing. Despite the light-hearted approach, the video gets across our key message about preparing for an emergency by gathering supplies and making a plan.

This was the group's first attempt at making a public health video, but they told CDC, "In light of the recent hurricane and flooding in our community, we thought this would be a unique way to get our message out."

Screen capture: Ready Fo' SureYou can view their winning video here.

There were plenty of other noteworthy submissions which we've posted on our blog, Public Health Matters. We want to thank everyone who submitted videos; the judges enjoyed watching all of them and learning how you are prepared. Don't forget disasters happen, but you can be ready. Get a kit, make a plan, and be informed!

  • Page last reviewed: October 26, 2011
  • Page last updated: October 28, 2011
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    • Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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