Test your homemade survival kit for a chance to win big prizes - and survive

Example items to keep in a disaster kit. (SBG, AF)

EUGENE, Ore. – Homemade emergency kits are a good thing to keep around - just in case a disaster happens.

With one million people expected to be in the region to watch the eclipse on August 21, you never know what situation you'll find yourself in.

Travelers could be stuck in traffic for hours and people who live in the path of totality may face a supply shortage with the influx of travelers.

The American Red Cross Cascades Region is encouraging the community to use their emergency kit, before the emergency.

They are challenging you to camp out this weekend, even if it's in your own backyard, using only the contents of your disaster preparedness kit.

Just to make sure it has everything you need to live for a minimum of three days.

If you test your kit this Saturday, August 12, you can participate in their Camp Prepare! event.

Just take a photo of yourself doing a trial run of the kit. The best 10 photos will win a prize pack of survival gear worth more than $200.

One participant says she always keeps her survival kits on hand and is excited to see if they work.

"I want to sleep outside actually under a tarp this year in my backyard because that just might be what would happen. So that's one of my tests to myself that I’m going to do in my own backyard,” said Carisa Hettich, who is participating in Camp Prepared!

Common items to keep in a survival kit are a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, first-aid supplies, flashlights, and batteries.

You can find a full kit list here.

Where will YOU be in an emergency?

The American Red Cross recommends keeping an emergency kit in the three places you are most likely to be during an emergency: at home, in your car, and at work.

The upcoming solar eclipse isn’t the only situation that may call for a survival kit.

Have one with you any time you go camping, hiking, or on long road trips.

And for larger disasters: a Cascadia earthquake is predicted to strike the Pacific Northwest, possibly within our lifetime.

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In the event of a Cascadia earthquake, families will rely on their disaster preparedness kits until help arrives.

Larger disasters, like a Cascadia earthquake, may require supplies for several weeks.

How to participate in Camp Prepare! and win prizes:

  1. Camp out and take a photo to document your preparedness. Show your campsite, campers and supplies.
  2. Share your Camp Prepare! experience. Tell us if you needed additional supplies or if you were completely ready. Take a photo/selfie and tag us:
    Facebook: RedCrossCascades Instagram: @RedCrossCascades Twitter: @RedCrossCasc
  3. Win prizes! The best 10 photos will win a prize pack valued at more than $200 each. The prize pack includes a Leatherman multi-tool, a Ledlenser flashlight and headlamp, Mountain House food samples and a Red Cross first aid kit.
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