First of all, a disclaimer: When used in the context of ReadyMoms.org, the word 'mom' or 'moms' includes all moms dads grandparents stepparents and anyone else who fulfills the parenting role in any way shape or form. ;-D
The work of "Readymom" in promoting community preparedness for pandemics and all hazards has been a source of inspiration for many. For those of you not familiar with the amazing things she has been doing, here's the story of how it all got started. Then their next big triumph, at the 4th of July fair, sharing a tent with the Red Cross. Read about this amazing day here, and how others got inspired and empowered to run events on their own, very successfully I must add!
Now a group of us are taking the opportunity of the American Public Health Association's 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. November 3-7, 2007 to take this to the national level. We will be presenting information on individual and family preparednes, including a display of preps similar to these.
The organizers are estimating attendance at 13,000. This virtual expo gives an idea of the size of the event. We are at booth #362, at the upper left. Notice who are the people across from us! HHS, National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative, NYC Dept of Health!
Right now we have a small core group who are working like mad, and we would appreciate any assistance that any of you feel like offering. We need people to man the booth, to answer questions, to give out publicity fliers so that people KNOW where to find us, and generally to be runners for all and any logistical necessities and contingencies. If you live in the area - or if you don't live in the area but feel like finding your way there! LOL - please consider giving us a hand. We are especially in need of help on the weekdays, but any offers of help is greatly appreciated!
In addition, we appreciate the diversity of talent and knowledge (and even opinion!) that collectively we bring to the evolution of flublogia. This diversity is our strength, and it has produced some of the greatest work created by the 'hive mind' on this and other forums. In the context of working on a team project, it will be important for us to use that diversity to our best advantage, while retaining sufficient focus on the task at hand.
These and other logistical details are probably best discussed offline. ACM has offered to coordinate volunteers so please email her at averageconcernedmom at hotmail dot com if you can help or would like more information.
AS I said, we are running like mad and more than a little stressed, sometimes, ;-D but mostly it is very exciting. I, and the others I'm sure, will keep everyone posted on what happens as and when we find the time!