Y2k Scavenger Hunt

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From: JaNickrson@aol.com To: civicprep Date: Monday, December 06, 1999 8:34 AM Subject: [civicprep] Y2K Scavenger Hunt

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Dear coleagues in community preparedness,

I prepared this Y2K Scavenger Hunt for my daughter's 5th grade class. She had a great time finding how many points she could earn - and of course, getting prepared at the same time. It's a great way to have the kids help the family prepare. And as you'll note, there's lots of points for helping out neighbors, too.

There are activities here for kids of all ages. And some gift-giving ideas too.

Please consider passing this on to other organizations and families, so they, too, can have fun preparing for Y2K and beyond.

See below for formatting suggestions.

Y2K Scavenger Hunt "Better to have a plan and no emergency than an emergency and no plan"

Score 1 point for every Item. Record Your Points to the Left. Add them up Each Week, by Topic.

Light _____ ________ _______ ___ Flashlights ___ Sets of flashlight batteries ___ Spare flashlight bulbs ___ Pairs of lightsticks (great Holiday Gift idea!) Avoid candles, flame lights.

Water ____ ________ _______ ___ 2 liter pop bottle filled with tap water. ___ Days water supply for the family (2 bottles per person per day.

Food _____ ________ _______ ___Lists of non-perishable food you like (1 point per list per family member) Cereal Canned vegetables Meat/fish, peanut butter Soups Canned fruit, juice, fruit that lasts (e.g. apples, raisins) Snacks & treats (e.g. granola bar, trail mix, nuts) ___ Trying a milk substitutes on your cereal until you find one you like (canned, dried) ___ Loaves of bread in freezer for January on ___ Trying a sandwich on a bread substitute (e.g. crackers, pancakes, rice rounds) ___ Manual can opener ___ Number of week's supply of pet food put aside for January and later ___ Number of days supply of family food put aside for January and later

Warmth/Shelter ______ _____ _____ ___ Sleeping bag or blanket ___ Newspaper for insulation (1 point per foot) ___ Name of one room where your family would stay and keep warm, if you lost heat? _____ Practice building a nest in your home (Drape blanket over table) ___ List of emergency stuff for a duffel bag ___ Duffel bag packed, ready-to-go with essentials ___ Laminated picture ID, with contact info, on a cord ___ List of things to bring to shelter, if need be (no pets! no candles!)

Transportation _____ ______ _______ ___ Bike with full tires and good brakes

Health _______ ________ _______ ___ 30 day supply of prescriptions, vitamins and medications (consider allergies, inhalers, colds) ___ First Aid Kit and Manual ___ Location of nearest CPR medic __________ ___ Pair of spare glasses or contacts ___ Back-up refrigeration if req'd for prescriptions ___ Box of Baby Wipes for "hand-showers" ___ Container to collect gray water and rain ___ Practice flushing toilet with water from bucket - 1 point per household member practicing (Note: if power outages and diesel fuel shortages, towns typically have 1/2 to 2 days water. Avoid flushing; use "gray" water or rain water)

Clothing ____ _______ _______ ___ Set of warm socks, knit cap, gloves, coat, and waterproof boots (all must fit) ___ Set of insulated underwear

Communications _____ ________ _______ ___ Whistle and lanyard ___ Battery-operated radio ___ Sets of batteries for radio ___ 4 color House Alert (window triangle or cloth flag (red = HELP!; orange = help; green = OK; blue = I'm available to help. One pt per House Alert made for relatives, friends, neighbors)

Safety ______ ________ _______ ___ Fire drill, incl how to use fire extinguishers ___ Smoke detectors with fresh batteries ___ Fire Extinguisher ___ Family member who knows how to use a fire extinguisher ___ Locate your neighborhood's fire box. (Use ONLY if fire or life-threatening crisis, or no other choice (kids only)) ___ Knowing Carbon monoxide symptoms (headache, nausea, disorientation)

Entertainment ______ ________ _______ ___ Non-electric games, books, crayons, paper, puzzles, knitting, journal, playing cards (up to 10 points per household member) ___ Novels, biographies or "How-To" books before 1900 (pre-electric days) (up to 10 points) ___ Battery radio or CD player with spare batteries ___ Note reminding household to turn off computers, and unplug TVs when not in use, jus tin case ___ Surge protector for computer

Neighborhood ______ _____ ______ ___ Neighbor's house, name AND a handy skill or tool on map ___ Neighbor with Medic or CPR skills: ______ ___ Neighbor with Ham radio or scanner: ____ ___ Neighbor who will look in daily on a neighbor living alone or elderly

________ will look in on ___________) ___ List of ways your family could help neighbors

Learn More ______ _____ ______ ___ Explaining Y2K to your family ___ Each lesson learned from preparedness drill (Try 24 hours with no power, heat, phone or fuel) ___ Y2K Connections game played with your family or neighbors (1 pt per player per game) ___ Checking out www.pbs.org/y2kontarget ___ Each activity done from the living history learning project at www.pbs.org/y2kontarget ___ Checking out http://www.fema.gov/kids/ ___ Checking out www.Y2Kids.net ___ Each family member who reads Y2K Citizens Action Guide ___ Each family member who reads any other Y2K book (1 point per member per book) ___ Each family member who watches any Y2K video (1 point per member per video) ___ Picking up handouts - local town Y2K information center ___ Each family member who reads handsouts from local town Y2K information center ___ Checking out the resources at www.Y2KConnections.com

Practicing ______ _____ ______ ___ Each Activity done in "AY2K Basic Preparedness Plan" brochure (www.globalactionplan.org) ___ Playing "Black Out" one evening. ("Black Out" ___ Turn out all the lights in the house just before sunset and get out flashlights and battery powered radios. Make up games to play with the flashlights and radio. Spend at least two hours with all lights and the TV turned off.) ___ Role-playing "Power's Out": Ask each family member what they would do first if the power ceased. Everyone acts that out. ___ Note by the phone with emergency #s (police: ________; fire: _______; doctor: ______) ___ Car flares for alerting neighbors ___ Learning how to set a car flare (older kids only and with parents ONLY!) ___ Name of farthest neighbor who can hear your car horn ________

Santa: Consider for Gifts This Year No points for these, but you might want to check off which of these are on your Wish List: Solar-battery operated flashlight/radio Back-up hand-pump flashlight Tap light Hands-free headlamp Whistle and lanyard Two-way walkie-talkies (1 - 2 mile) Hand-crank/solar multiband radio Warm clothing, cats, gloves, boots, socks Sleepers (fleece pajamas) Sleeping bag Non-electric games _________________ _________________ _________________

Experiences or Lessons to Share ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________

Remember to do! ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________

Compiled by Jan Nickerson 508-358-7002 Free Use Copyright. You may copy and distribute this material if done so in its entirety, without financial gain and bearing this copyright notice. )1999 Y Connect, Wayland MA. All rights reserved.

Formatting: this checklist fits on 1 sheet of paper, doublesided, using 2 columns. I bold the headings. I have 3 lines after each heading, so kids/families can tally up their cumulatives each week, and keep on going for more the next week.

Consider sponsoring this in your neighborhood or local school. Offer prizes each week for the most points, best demonstration, best neighborhood map, etc. Get some local media coverage. Ask your newspaper to print the scavenger check list.

Have Fun Getting Prepared!

As you think of improvements or more ideas for this scavenger hunt, I'd love to hear about it. At JaNickrson@aol.com


Jan Nickerson Y2KConnections ~ building community not crises ~ the ONLY Y2K game in town www.Y2KConnections.com 508-358-7002


-- Sheri (wncy2k@nccn.net), December 06, 1999


Sorry about the formatting - should be in list form and I don't have the time to html format it. But you get the idea. Sheri

-- Sheri (wncy2k@nccn.net), December 06, 1999.


Now that's how to use creativity...

-- (Kurt.Borzel@gems8.gov.bc.ca), December 06, 1999.

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