The Emergency Kit Cook-Off is a participatory National Preparedness Month activity inspired by the contents of the 72-hour emergency food kit; it asks you to vote on ingredients and then create a recipe using those ingredients.
In 2011, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) partnered with the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale to design this unique cooking challenge. We've since teamed with additional partners, including the CDC Foundation and the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, just as dedicated to inspiring the public to be proactive in their preparedness planning.
Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA)
The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) coordinates emergency services and the efforts of State of Arizona agencies to “reduce the impact of disasters on persons and property in Arizona.”
DEMA subscribes to a “Whole Community” philosophy that frames preparedness as a shared responsibility requiring the concerted effort of individuals, families, communities, schools, businesses, and government. Preparedness is not something one person does separate from another but a condition we contribute to together. In keeping with “Whole Community” approach, participation in the Emergency Kit Cook-Off is open to anyone living anywhere.
Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN)
The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN), www.EIN.az.gov, is the State of Arizona’s online source for emergency updates, hazard information, and preparedness resources. AzEIN launched in 2009 in support of the DEMA mission to protect public safety and private property. AzEIN is a service of the DEMA Public Information Office (PIO).
The goal of any DEMA PIO outreach campaign is to get people interacting with preparedness instead of just instructing them on how to get prepared. The Emergency Kit Cook-Off encourages play with the preparedness tenet of Prepare a Kit with the hope of inspiring not just Arizonans but everyone to be proactive in their preparedness planning.