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8 Tips for School Fundraising Success

GetMyKit has been helping schools across the country fundraise for their programs for two years now. We offer a great program, but we’ve also learned some things along the way that will help you succeed with any fundraiser. Set a Goal: Goals give supporters confidence that their support is making a difference. Often, schools are in a fundraising routine with no goal in mind. It’s difficult to motivate families, let alone outside supporters, to support your fundraiser if you don’t have a goal. When will the fundraiser end? How will you know you’ve succeeded? Are you trying to raise $1,000, or $10,000?   Know Your Cause: People want to know what they're supporting before putting money toward a cause. When we talk to schools about their fundraising goals, many just don’t have one. They need money for lots of things and never really specify. From our own experience as parents of school-age kids, we’re far more likely to support Mary’s grade 7 grad trip than the PAC’s pointsettia fundraiser, because the latter never identifies what the money will support or how it will support our kids. If you identify a cause that you’re fundraising for, no matter how big or small, supporters are more able to see how their money is helping the cause. We’ve had GetMyKit fundraisers support new carpets for the preschool room, new outdoor seating for sporting events, and band trips.   Offer Incentives. Reward students and families who do the most work to support the fundraiser. Parents and kids are tired of buying things, but more than that they’re tired of hitting up friends, relatives, and coworkers to buy things. Take a tip from the Girl Guides: those girls know exactly how much money their unit gets for a case of cookies, what their goal is, and what thing they’re fundraising for… but they’re also incentivized. When Mary the Girl Guide sells 7 cases of cookies, she gets a crest. When she sells 15 cases, she gets a gift card for the movies. The incentives go up from there. Set aside some funds from your fundraiser for rewards for your students and families who do the most work to support the fundraiser. GetMyKit has a number of incentive programs to offer depending on they type of fundraiser you’re running.   Set a Deadline. Deadlines create urgency and encourage supporters to act now before they forget. We’re a very busy, easily distracted society today. Set a short term fundraising period so supporters don’t put the information and paperwork aside and forget about it. If you know you only have two weeks to purchase something, you’re more likely to act fast. If you have two months, you’ll “get to it later” … and then never get back to it. Most GetMyKit fundraisers run for 2-3 weeks.   Make It Easy. Make it easy for supporters to pay and volunteers to track online. Cash and cheques are not "easy" for most. We’re busy, and we don’t carry cash and cheques. Many schools are switching to an online program for their fundraising needs so parents and supporters can pay for hot lunch and fundraisers online. Many of our schools have used Munch a Lunch, for example.   Embrace Change. Change it up and find a fundraiser that isn't the same thing you've been asking supporters to buy for years. One of the most appealing things about a GetMyKit fundraiser is that it’s different. It’s not the same tired fundraiser you’ve been buying every year whether you want it or not, and it’s something you need.   Find New Customers. Think of ways to reach new supporters you never knew you had! Encourage families to reach beyond asking Grandma and Grandpa. Mary has sold those delicious cookies door to door, in front of the grocery store, on Facebook, and had retail stores sell them for her. Very few of her sales were to Grandma or her parents’ coworkers.   Launch! Parents get stacks and stacks of paper coming home each week, and it multiplies if you have more than one child in the same school. It’s easy for fundraisers to get lost in the shuffle. Consider a campaign launch party that involves not just the school but the broader community. Make it an event. GetMyKit can support Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland schools with in-person support to put together an emergency preparedness event in your community and kick off your fundraiser big time. Want more information about GetMyKit fundraisers? Check out our fundraising page or contact one of our Fundraising Coordinators today!

There’s No Time Like Today to Get Prepared – Wholesale Pricing For Everyone!

SALE IS OVER!!! You've done your research and found the items you need in your emergency kit.  You've started doing a bit of shopping and maybe you've discovered that you don't have the time  & money to invest in going from store to store, or looking online - now what?!  There's no time like today to get prepared for tomorrow.  We're offering wholesale prices to all our customers.  This is the SALE OF THE YEAR and it's just in time for Emergency Preparedness Week, a federal initiative that brings awareness to the importance of having supplies and a plan for emergency situations, whether at home, on the road, at work, or at school. From May 6 - May 12 purchase your home emergency kit with us and receive 25% off your purchase.  By taking advantage of this offer, you're taking control of your home emergency preparations and ensuring the safety and survival of each member of your family.  Our kits have a 5-year shelf life so your emergency supplies are taken care of for 5 YEARS.  Plus, when you register your kit on your website, we'll even send you a reminder 30 days prior to the food and water expiry. Here's the bottom line:
Regular PriceCost with 25 % Discount
1 Person Basic$148.00 Now Only $111.00
1 Person Deluxe$248.00Now Only $186.00
2 Person Basic$198.00Now Only $148.50
2 Person Deluxe$298.00Now Only $223.50
3 Person Basic$248.00Now Only $186.00
3 Person Deluxe$348.00Now Only $261.00
4 Person Basic$298.00Now Only $223.50
4 Person Deluxe$398.00Now Only $298.50
Deluxe Pet Kit$38.00Now Only $28.50
Vehicle Survival$98.00Now Only $73.50
 Daycare Emergency Kit $188.00Now Only $141.00
 Classroom Emergency Kit $288.00Now Only $216.00

How Do I GetMyKit??

Visit getmykit.ca/shop and find your high-quality emergency kit.  When you've finished shopping, simply enter promo code"PREPARE25" and your 25% discount will be applied to your order.  We'll ship your kits to you FREE of charge within 5 - 7 business days.  It's that easy.

Home Emergency Preparedness

Home emergencies are not just limited to earthquakes.  Consider fires, flooding, tsunamis, landslides and sink holes.  Our Home Emergency Kits include sufficient supplies for each member of your family to be self reliant for  3-5 days; food, water, first aid, temporary shelter, utilities & tools, emergency blankets, rain ponchos, hygiene, and so much more. Our deluxe kits include 15 extra essential supplies such as heating, cooking and comfort items.

Pet Emergency Preparedness

Let's not forget about those fur babies - those animals that make your life a better place.  Ensure that you have adequate supplies on hand in the event of emergencies for those members of your families.  We offer Pet First Aid Kits which include animal CPR Instructions, a collar blinker, specially formulated wipes for their eyes, nose & ears, an emergency blanket for them and tons of other first aid items that are also valid for humans too.

Vehicle Emergency Preparedness

While on the road this summer, ensure that you have roadside emergency supplies as well.  There are more people on the road this time of year than ever increasing the chances of accidents and emergencies.  Be sure to have your vehicle stocked full of supplies by purchasing our Vehicle Survival Kit.  This kit includes emergency food & water rations, a reflective triangle and safety vest, multi-bit screwdrivers and 5 function army knife, fuses, first aid, emergency blanket and rain poncho, a safety hammer  with seat belt cutter and window-smasher, and much more.

School & Daycare Emergency Preparedness

It's close to the end of the school year and maybe there is some remaining budget that allows you to make some important upgrades to your school's emergency supplies.  We offer a 27 Person Classroom Emergency Kit that includes items for everyone in an entire classroom; food, water, emergency blankets, light sticks, dust masks, first aid and safety equipment for Teachers.  These kits are a must-have for every classroom.  Daycares are required to have emergency kits with enough supplies for each person at the centre.  Our 9 Person Daycare kit includes the items that you, as a valued and trusted care provider, require. Today is the day to get your emergency kit off your to-do list.  Don't think about it another day!

Community Fundraising During Emergency Preparedness Week

Each year, the Federal and Provincial Governments' Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness organizes an emergency response initiative called “Preparedness Week”.  This year, it runs from May 6 - 12.  It is similar to BC ShakeOut in its objectives and goals; provide resources  to ensure that all Canadians are teaching and practicing emergency preparedness in your school and community. As this brings emergency preparedness to the forefront of people’s minds during that time, we thought we'd share some information about GetMyKit's free, online fundraising program in hopes that you, or someone you know, would consider participating.

GetMyKit Fundraising Program Success

Since the program's inception in September 2017, over 30 clubs, schools and organizations have participated and raised thousands of dollars.  Because they had chosen to participate, they made a positive impact in their community. Almost 100 more families - who purchased their kits through their campaigns - have become emergency prepared.  We believe that this is the tip of the iceberg and there's more to be done!  There are fundraisers happening as we publish this blog and we look forward to having your organization join in this growing movement. Westmont Montessori, who ran two campaigns this year, writes: "Want a fundraiser that is meaningful, fun and easy to coordinate? Getmykit.ca is the one for you!  We ran 2 campaigns - one in October and the other in February - and raised $775.00 for our school! Jessica provided you with everything you need: templates, flyers, information, a fundraising code unique to you, and much more. What really helped was having Jessica come to our school for a couple of hours with kits for parents families to see exactly what goes in their high-quality kits.  Thank you for making our fundraiser so meaningful and helping us raise money for our kids."  - L. Chevalier

How Does the GetMyKit Program Work?

  • Sign up here to participate at www.getmykit.ca/fundraising
  • You set your campaign dates.  We recommend a three week campaign coinciding with Emergency Preparedness Week by launching April 30 - May 18, 2018
  • Offer the opportunity to take emergency preparedness off of your community member’s to-do lists by purchasing their home emergency supplies and help raise money for your organization.
  • Encourage your community to purchase a home emergency kit using your unique fundraising code.
  • For each home emergency kit purchased using your fundraising coupon code, $25.00 will be contributed to your school’s fundraising cause.
We will manage all purchases through our site and will ship directly to your buyer.  You will get a complete report on how many kits were purchased using your code along with your fundraising payment. We will help you promote your fundraising campaign by sending you information to distribute to your community (PDF poster, Preparedness Guides & Plan documents, social media templates & communication templates in Word).  There is some work to  be done on your end however but we promise it’s not a big assignment.  You will be responsible for finding other unique ways to promote your fundraiser, communicate your goals and efforts, and keep the excitement going during the 3 week period.  As this is a Federally and Provincially promoted initiative, there is a wealth of emergency preparedness information that you can use to show the importance of having an emergency plan and ensuring that everyone has supplies at hand. We will send more information to participants and will be utilizing social media promoting BC Preparedness Week.

Emergency Preparedness Workshops

GetMyKit staffers are also happy to help you and your community with their emergency plans by being Presenters at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop at your location.  At these events, we discuss why it's important to be emergency prepared, how to make an emergency plan and what to include in your supplies.  We can tie this event into your fundraising campaign.  To find out more, contact 1-866-673-1222 or email info@getmykit.ca. Help your community get prepared while raising some extra funds for your group, club, school or organization!

Practice Makes Perfect – Emergency Safety Planning for Schools & Daycares

Children respond to consistency and learn well through repetition.  This is why regular safety drills are strongly encouraged, if not required, for all schools & childcare centres.  Emergency Preparedness Week is just around the corner on May 6 – 12, 2018 which makes it a perfect time to polish up the emergency response procedures to ensure that these precious little humans react like well-oiled machines to the plans you have in place.  If you are a parent and are not aware of your child’s school or care facility’s emergency response plans, now is the time to open that dialogue.

It all starts with an easy to remember mantra; “Drop! Cover! Hold On!"

Drop - In place, onto your hands and knees.  This will prevent falling over due to shaking.  Moving around increases your chance of being injured. Cover – With one hand, cover your neck and head and crawl under a desk or table.  If that isn’t possible, proceed to an interior wall that is away from a window, shelf, or area where items are stored overhead. Hold On – With the other hand, hold onto your shelter, stay as calm as possible and remain in that place until the shaking stops. If you are the care provider of an infant, calmly and carefully pick up the infant and bring them to a Drop, Cover and Hold On postion and surround or cover them with your body to protect them.

Eliminate Hazards before they become hazards!

Teachers and Childcare providers can do a lot to ensure safety during earthquake situations before they even happen. Remove anything from overhead shelving – the top of built-in or free-standing shelves should not be used for storage. Secure free standing shelves and cabinets to the wall - brackets and screws are an inexpensive way to do this. Consider installing latches or childproof security systems to storage doors on all cabinet doors. This will prevent items from falling out during shaking but still allow for easy access during daily use. Instill ‘clean & clear = safety’ practices. We all know that the cubby area in a classroom can be a chaos that is not easily avoided.  However it is usually at an entry point of the classroom and therefore should be as clean and clear as possible.  Try a weekly reward for students with the cleanest cubby and discuss how important it is that doors and hallways are always clear.

It Takes A Village

The well-being of children in all life’s situations has everything to do with that child’s ‘village’.  The adults that mould children into they are have a strong role in ensuring their safety and happiness everyday.  As someone that is part of that village, take steps to build the rational plan to protect them. Get supplies ready.  Each classroom should have a ‘grab & go’ emergency kit and the school should ideally have a central kiosk stocked with enough supplies for each staff member and student as well.  The classroom kit is important should the students be unable to leave the classroom or should the kiosk be compromised or damaged.  Daycare or other childminding organizations should also have a ‘grab & go’ emergency kit with enough supplies to sustain all individuals for several hours until the child is picked up. GetMyKit has a free Fundraising Program where schools and childcare centres can raise money for free emergency kits or for initiatives & programs of their choosing. Have monthly staff meetings about emergency response.   Discuss roles and responsibilities for each staff member and consider involving your School District to discuss your communication plans with them.   Make sure that you have a command centre with at least 3 - 5 certified first aid administrators.  It is of the utmost importance that the adults are calm and informed during an emergency situation.  Kids will feel enough stress and fear at that time – they should not feel additional stress from the adults they look to for guidance. Ensure each child has a “comfort kit”.  Items can include: health information, a photo of the family, a short letter to the student, a small stuffy or toy, allergen-free granola bar(s) or snack, light stick, water, guardian contact information. Practice emergency pick-up with the parents.  Have a meeting first to discuss what will happen, what your procedures are and pick a date each month or so to practice emergency calls and pick-ups. Make monthly drills a standard at your school.  There is no such thing as over-practicing!  Repetition is key!  After the drill, debrief with your class and chat about how the drill went.  Ask how they felt.  What went well?  What could’ve been better?  Talk about their fears of these emergencies and let them know that by building a plan and practicing response, it will help them be safe. Facility staff need also need to have strict plans in place for students or children with special needs and disabilities.  Thoroughly discuss their child’s needs with their parents, work out a plan, designate a staff member to those children. In short; have a plan in place and practice it, gather supplies and be prepared to use them, involve parents, neighbors and the community in your emergency response program, and communicate regularly with everyone involved. GetMyKit can help your school with supplies, planning and through Emergency Preparedness Events for your community where we talk about why it's important to be emergency prepared, how to make an emergency plan and what to include in your supplies. Book an event at your school today by contacting info@getmykit.ca or call 1-888-673-1222.     For more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc https://quake.ualr.edu/schools/guide/section6a.htm https://www.earthquakecountry.org/prepare/ https://www.vancouvermom.ca/for-kids/back-to-school-pulling-together-a-comfort-kit/

The GetMyKit Evacuation Survival Guide      

British Columbia is blessed with luscious forests and endless green space but as we witnessed this past summer, it can also pose potential life threatening disasters. While most BC wildfires occur in rural forested areas far away from homes and businesses, they move fast and can put BC residents at risk. Over 50,000 people fled their communities during the summer 2017 wildfire season. More recently, a 7.9 earthquake off the coast of Alaska triggered a wide-spread evacuation notice for Northwestern Coastal communities due to the threat of a tsunami.  Several of these evacuations were given at a moment’s notice and when time is of the essence, it is crucial to have a grab & go emergency kit on hand.

When these notices are given, residents must leave their homes on a whim, and evacuees may have limited travel routes to lead them to safety.  In some cases, the roads may be backed up for hours with vehicles fleeing their homes. Consider that aid may not be available when you reach your emergency service station and there will be large lines for food and shelter. An emergency kit can provide comfort and assist you further during the evacuation.

Be Prepared for an Evacuation While BC’s most common environmental concern is often wildfires, we are not immune to other natural disasters. Earthquakes, tsunami’s, floods, storms, and power outages are all potential causes for evacuation.  Do you have a plan in place with your family for these situations?  Things to consider when planning:
  • A primary and secondary meeting place where everyone can meet.
  • Having an out of town contact
Grab & Go The BC Government warns that you might not always be at home when an evacuation alert is ordered. They recommend storing grab & go emergency kits at home, at work, and in your car because you never know where you will be when an emergency evacuation is ordered.    Gathering these items, and preparing a plan, will make your evacuation seamless and will increases your chance of survival dramatically:
  • GetMyKit - Emergency Kits. Our kits include everything you need to survive post-disaster for 3-5 days.
    • Nutrition: food & water rations plus water purification tablets.
    • Sanitization and hygiene products.
    • Shelter: rain ponchos, emergency blankest and a tube tent.
    • Lighting: flashlight, 50-hour candle, light sticks.
    • Radio: A hand-cranked, radio/flashlight/siren is standard in all our kits. Check with your local government to see what the station frequency is for emergency broadcasting.
    • Industrial supplies: work gloves, multipurpose utility knife, dust masks, waterproof matches, braided poly cord
    • Basic first aid supplies.
    • Emergency SOS Flag.
We recommend our Deluxe Emergency Kits because they come equipped with cooking and heating elements, as well as extra comfort items. Also consider including adding these items:
  • Cash - banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
  • Extra Food - at least enough for three to seven days, including: Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants or the elderly, snack food, non-electric can opener, vitamins, paper plates, plastic utensils.
  • Blankets, pillows etc.
  • Clothing - seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes.
  • Medicine and prescription drugs.
  • Special items - for babies and the elderly.
  • Toiletries - hygiene items, moisture wipes.
  • Batteries.
  • Keys.
  • Toys, books, games and other comfort items
  • Pet care items to include proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage, leash.
 

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2018 to be a Seismically active year – Off to a shaky start!

“Active” might be an understatement as illustrated by 7.9 magnitude quake that rumbled through the Gulf of Alaska shortly after midnight.  This triggered several aftershocks and a wide spread tsunami warning for the US and Canadian West Coast which was thankfully cancelled this morning. While seismic activity and earthquakes are seemingly unpredictable, recent studies suggest that larger earthquakes and natural disasters are to come in 2018. Studies conducted by U.S. Geologists suggest that there is a strong correlation between the rotational speed of the earth and its seismic activity. Data recorded from the past 117 years shows significant slowing of the earths rotation coinciding with the fact that there have been 5 major earthquakes recorded in the past year opposed to an anticipated 20 per year to come in 2018. University of Colorado’s Roger Bilham has stated that 2017 was a rather easy year concerning earthquakes however 2018 could likely be the year that we start to see way more seismic activity based on research. Historically earthquakes range in magnitudes from 1 being minor consisting of trembling up to about 9.5 magnitudes destroying cities and killing hundreds and affecting thousands in its wake. They occur mainly and most prominently within the Pacific Ocean’s ‘Ring of Fire’, which consists of active volcanoes and mountains stretching 25,000 from New Zealand to the Eastern edge of Asia. 2018 Slow Slip – What is a “Slow Slip?” Movement between tectonic plates located deep beneath the earth’s crust are recorded as earthquakes.  Slow slips are similar to earthquakes because they are caused by movement between tectonic plates. They are different because they can take several weeks and up to months in worst case scenarios to have run their full course. By the time that this happens the slip has already had enough time to inflict traumatic experiences to those above the moving plates. Slow Slip events, like earthquakes, occur normally at ‘Subduction Zones’ which are tectonic plates that have recently coincided. Subduction zones currently exist near large bodies of water, several large zones recorded run through New Zealand, south Abbotsford and South Victoria. Tectonic plates move along each other laterally causing them to rub, emitting friction which then causes instability and shaking on the earth. Slow Slip fact: Slow slip earthquakes occur deep within the earth and can trigger earthquakes or possibly other slow slip events up to 600 miles in surrounding area from the epicenter. The last slow slip that occurred in B.C. and Northern Washington, more specifically from the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, was between December and January 2016 where more than 8,000 slow slip earthquakes were recorded along this fault line.  When earthquakes or slow slip events are recorded sequentially, they are recorded as ‘Preliminary Earthquakes’ meaning that they are most likely in anticipation of a larger more powerful earthquake. To Seismologist Alison Bird, the possibility of a larger earthquake is all too real. She will not park her vehicle in underground parkades due to the fact that the chances of an earthquake are so high. Alison Bird says “Every 14 months or so there’s a sudden reversal of movement in seismic activity… it could be a last straw scenario where just that little bit of extra stress that’s going to cause that rupture to trigger … the megathrust earthquake” Our next slow slip is this coming March, Science shows that British Columbia’s next slow slip will occur March 2018. Are you prepared?   Written By: Leigham Merlet
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