“A gift to help prepare for emergencies could be life-saving for
friends and family,” said FEMA Region V acting regional
administrator, Janet Odeshoo. “These gift ideas provide a great
starting point for being prepared for an emergency or disaster.”
Supplies for an emergency preparedness kit can make unique—and
potentially life-saving—holiday gifts, such as:
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
with tone alert.
- A flashlight with extra batteries.
- Solar-powered cell phone charger.
- Smoke detector and/or carbon monoxide detectors.
- First aid kit.
- Fire extinguisher and fire escape ladder.
- Enrollment in a CPR or first aid class.
- Books, coloring books, crayons and board games for the kids,
in case the power goes out.
- Personal hygiene comfort kit, including shampoo, body wash,
wash cloth, hairbrush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste and
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- A waterproof pouch or backpack containing any of the above
items, or with such things as a rain poncho, moist towelettes,
work gloves, batteries, duct tape, whistle, food bars, etc.
Holiday shoppers might also consider giving a winter car kit,
equipped with a shovel, ice scraper, emergency flares,
fluorescent distress flags and jumper cables. For animal lovers,
a pet disaster kit with emergency food, bottled water, toys and
a leash is also a good gift.
The gift of preparedness might just save the life of a friend or
family member. For more information, preparedness tips or other
gift ideas, visit www.Ready.gov.
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mitigate all hazards.