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FEMA Highlights Holiday Gifts That Increase Preparedness
December 09, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- This year Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has assembled a list of gift ideas for the holidays to help keep your family and friends prepared. Emergencies can happen at any moment; these gifts can serve as a great starting point to ensure that your friends and family have an emergency communications plan, a disaster supply kit, and stay informed about emergencies in their area.

The most important thing any individual can do is take a few minutes to discuss with their 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.

Additionally, there are simple supplies that can go a long way in the case of an emergency or disaster that would make great gifts this holiday season.

A list of possible gifts that may assist in disasters includes:

. Disaster kits for homes, offices and autos (first aid kits; food, water and prescription medications for 72 hours; i.e., extra clothing, blankets, and flashlights).

. NOAA weather radios with extra batteries.

. Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class.

. Smoke detectors.

. Fire extinguishers (for kitchen, garage, car, etc.)

. Foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire.

. Car kits (emergency flares, shovels, ice scrapers, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags).

. Pet Disaster kits (food, water, leashes, dishes and carrying case or crate).

. Battery powered lamps

This year, consider at least one of these ideas. You just may save the life of a friend or family member. For more information and preparedness tips, visit www.ready.gov and www.fema.gov.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.