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


Each week, Ready will post a challenge to HSEM’s Facebook page 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 can enter to win an item from Ready by posting a picture to HSEM’s Facebook or Twitter accounts. Images can also be mailed to: Ready’s Preparedness Challenge, HSEM, 33 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH 03305.


Ready’s challenges for National Preparedness Month are:

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

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

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

-          Week 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 to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including 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.