SEATTLE, Wash. -- Every year millions of American lives are disrupted by natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and severe storms to floods and wildfire. But all disasters—large or small—share a common theme, focusing attention on the importance of disaster preparedness and the critical need to take action before disaster strikes. The trick is to convert good intentions into good deeds, and according to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, there’s no time like the holidays.
“Disaster-ready gifts can save lives, and are a wonderful way of welcoming in 2012,” said Murphy. “Helping to better prepare neighbors, friends and families for emergencies is a great way to say ‘I care.’”
Emergency and preparedness items that might make great gifts this Holiday Season include:
- NOAA Weather Radios and extra batteries.
- Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class.
- GPS units for vehicles.
- Smoke detectors.
- Emergency cell phones.
- Appropriate fire extinguishers (kitchen, garage, car).
- Disaster kits for homes, offices and vehicles (first aid kits, food, water and prescription medications for 72 hours, extra eyeglasses or contact lenses, extra clothing, blankets, flashlights and spare batteries, heavy-duty work gloves and sturdy shoes).
- 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).
- A camp stove with extra fuel.
- The gift of a gardener to cut back combustible vegetation from wildfire-vulnerable homes.
- National Flood Insurance.
A wealth of information and preparedness tips is available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s READY.GOV site at: http://www.ready.gov and from FEMA at: www.fema.gov. And, you can follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.
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.