"We are encouraging individuals and organizations to take action before disaster strikes," announces the website, "by making an emergency kit and plan, and talking with their networks about how to respond during a disaster."
Okay, this all sounded fine and good until we noticed the suffix on the website address:
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You got it, this contest is being sponsored by our government.
From the website:
September is National Preparedness Month and CDC wants to know, Are You Prepared? We are challenging YOU to make a 60 second video that shows how you’re prepared for any emergency and reinforces the key message: “Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed.” Individuals, groups, and even zombies can enter the contest. Participants are encouraged to use creative ways to prepare for an emergency.
Videos must not contain profanity, violence or weapons, explicit content, or personal attacks on people or organizations. Only videos that do not contain obscene, hateful, offensive or slanderous material will be considered. Videos must not have any visual or verbal mention of any websites other than CDC’s Emergency Preparedness website.
The only "prize" is to have the winning video posted on the CDC's official webpage. Whoo-hoo.
And in exchange, all you've given up is your mortal soul. Well, maybe not that dire... but you've given up all OpSec, all privacy, all illusions that the government won't know exactly what you have stored and exactly where to find you when they wish to liberate you of your hard-earned supplies.
We're not exactly deep into the OpSec. We can't if we're going to do what we do, which is convince, encourage, and teach others to be prepared. But most Preppers take OpSec very seriously, as they should.
By entering this contest, you are voluntarily blowing your OpSec in a major major way.
DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST. It's a really really bad idea.