CONCORD, NH – Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (HSEM) mascot, a Chinook puppy named Ready, asks everyone to prepare for all emergencies by completing Ready’s Preparedness Challenges during National Preparedness Month in September.


Ready’s Preparedness Challenges are designed to help everyone stay informed, complete an emergency plan and contact cards, and build an emergency kit. Anyone who completes these challenges will be well prepared for the next emergency and can win prizes like stickers, flashlights, and a photo with Ready. 


Residents who complete a challenge will win an item from Ready by posting a picture to Facebook or Twitter, tagging HSEM, and using #‎NHPrepareAthon. Images can also be mailed to: Ready’s Preparedness Challenges, HSEM, 33 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH 03305.


Ready’s Preparedness Challenges include:

-          Challenge 1: Go to ReadyNH.gov and sign-up for Emergency Alerts and download the NH Alerts App.

-          Challenge 2: Go to ReadyNH.gov and complete a Family Emergency Plan.

-          Challenge 3: Go to ReadyNH.gov and complete Emergency Contact Cards for each person in your household.

-          Challenge 4: Go to ReadyNH.gov, print an Emergency Kit Checklist and begin purchasing items on the list for your emergency kit.


Anyone who has already completed these steps to preparedness can still participate by updating information and replacing emergency kit items that have expired or no longer fit. 

The Chinook is the official state dog of New Hampshire and is the only breed to have originated in the state. The Chinook breed is known for its team spirit and hardiness in cold weather and has been used for search and rescue operations. Ready, a puppy, is always ready for an emergency because he always has his bright orange emergency kit on his back. 

Residents can follow NH HSEM on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NH_HSEM and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NH.HSEM. Also, sign up for NH Alerts and download the NH Alerts app to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including free severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from NH HSEM. To learn more about NH Alerts and other preparedness tools, visit: www.readynh.gov.