This time of year, many of us are scrambling to find that perfect last-minute gift for our family and friends. Between “doorbuster” sales and stores staying open around-the-clock, being inundated with products and gift ideas can be dizzying to say the least. Although your family and friends may love another festive sweater or paperweight, why not give something that could prove to be priceless in the coming year – emergency preparedness?
This year has shown that, no matter which part of the country you live in, everyone should be prepared for an emergency. In fact, giving the gift of preparedness may spark your family and friends to get better prepared for emergencies and spread the word to others about getting prepared. So, when you’re doing your last minute shopping, look in your favorite stores for practical, essential preparedness items like:
- flashlights and batteries,
- NOAA weather radios,
- solar cell phone charger,
- first aid kit, and
- backpack with a few starter items for their emergency kit.
Visit http://www.ready.gov/ (or http://m.fema.gov/ on your mobile phone) for more gift ideas and to learn how to get your home, family or business ready for the New Year.