Give the Gift of Preparedness

Our friends at ReadyColorado (@READYColorado) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (@Readygov) have some great suggestions for preparedness gifts that may be perfect for the hard-to-buy-for on your list this holiday season.GIFT

Holiday shopping can be frustrating, especially for those of us who wait until the last minute. However, there’s one gift that’s always the right size, timely and in style. The gift of preparedness.

Whether you’re shopping for a friend, an elderly family member or kids away at school, preparedness items can be useful in everyday situations and help keep loved ones safe during disasters.

Small, simple supplies that can go a long way in the event of an emergency or disaster make great stocking stuffers.

Here are a few gift ideas:

• A home disaster kit, including first aid supplies, food, water, blankets, flashlight and some extra clothing
• NOAA weather radio with extra batteries
• Pocket-sized tool kits
• Enrollment in a CPR or first aid class. Check out training opportunities from the American       Red Cross of Montana by clicking here.
• Smoke detectors
• Carbon monoxide detectors
• Fire extinguishers (for kitchen, garage, car, etc.)
• Foldable ladders for second-story escape from a fire
Car kits (emergency flares, shovel, ice scraper, flashlight and fluorescent distress flags)
Pet disaster kit (food, water, leash, dish, pet blanket, carrying case or crate)

However, one of the most important gifts any individual can give is the gift of a disaster plan. Take a few minutes to discuss with family, friends and loved ones what they will do in the case of an emergency or disaster. This includes developing a simple family communications plan and identifying how you would get in touch with loved ones and where you might meet if you are separated when an emergency or disaster takes place--especially when traveling out of town during the holidays.


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