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Cat photo contest to teach emergency preparedness

Inspired by the popularity of cat photos on the Internet, and just in time for September’s National Preparedness Month, the American Public Health Association’s Get Ready campaign announced its Get Ready Cat Preparedness Photo Contest .


The contest seeks submissions of cat photos reflecting a variety of preparedness activities and settings — creating an emergency kit, preparing for floods and disease outbreaks, and more. APHA will add fun captions to share important messages about emergency preparedness and select the best cat photos to include in a calendar.


“We launched the Get Ready Cat Preparedness Photo Contest to help spread the importance of getting ready for public health emergencies,” said Susan Polan, APHA associate executive director. “There is enormous interest in sharing fun cat and pet photos online. We hope to tap that excitement to share tips to help people prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards.”


The popular photo-sharing website “I Can Has Cheezburger?” is featuring the contest on its website.


The deadline for cat photo submissions is Sept. 30. Contest rules and FAQs are available on the Get Ready website.


Find easy tips, facts and checklists to help you get prepared for emergencies at the APHA Get Ready campaign’s website.


Reporters: Cat photos are available.


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