Can your cat teach a dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness les­son?

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Look­ing at adorable cat pic­tures on the In­ter­net may be a bit of a na­tional ob­ses­sion, and the Amer­i­can Pub­lic Health As­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing to tap into that fe­line fas­ci­na­tion through a new dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness con­test.

The APHA launched the Get Ready Pre­pared­ness Cats Photo Con­test, with the win­ner gain­ing a spot in an APHA cal­en­dar. The idea is to take a pic­ture of a cat that makes you say “aw” and also of­fers a les­son about be­ing pre­pared for dis­as­ters, in a style some­what in­spired by those furry beasts at the web­site I Can Has Cheezburger.

The APHA sug­gests pick­ing themes such as hav­ing enough wa­ter stored, driv­ing in a dis­as­ter or hav­ing a dis­as­ter plan and then fig­ur­ing out how to il­lus­trate it with your cat. The APHA posted sev­eral of its own cre­ations on a web­site fea­tur­ing such char­ac­ters as “Thirsty Cat,” “Map Cat” and “Flash­light Cat.”

Ab­sent from the site was “Hid­ing in a Closet dur­ing the Storm Cat,” “Hey, That Tuna Was for Me Cat” and “Just Threw Up on the New Sofa Cat.”

For more info on the con­test, go to ge­tready­for­flu.org/ cat­pho­to­con­test.htm.

AMER­I­CAN PUB­LIC HEALTH AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Sure you have cute cat pic­tures ... but do they have a dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness les­son to teach?

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