CHICAGO, Ill. -- This holiday season, one of the best gifts you can give your loved ones is the gift of disaster preparedness. Giving emergency supplies to help build a disaster supply kit and having an emergency communications plan can go a long way to ensure that your family is prepared for any emergency.
“Disasters can happen at any time, with little warning,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “Having the necessary supplies in your home or your vehicle will make a big difference in keeping you and your loved ones safe. The best place to find out more is online at Ready.gov.”
A list of possible gifts that may assist in disasters includes:
- Disaster kits for homes, offices and cars (first aid kits; food, water and prescription medications for 72 hours, extra clothing, blankets, and flashlights)
- NOAA weather radios with extra batteries
- Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Fire extinguishers (for the kitchen, garage, car, etc.)
- Foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire
- Winter car kits (emergency flares, shovels, ice scrapers, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags, jumper cables)
- Pet disaster kits (food, water, leashes, dishes, toys, and carrying case or crate)
- Battery powered lamps
Emergency supplies are important, but it is also essential to discuss what your family will do in case of an emergency.
“Take a few minutes to talk to your family about how you’d get in touch with one another if the power was out, or if you couldn’t get home,” Velasquez said. “Talk about how you will reconnect, if separated from one another and what you will do in case of an emergency. Just having these discussions will significantly increase your family’s preparedness.”
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.