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Need a Last Minute Gift Idea? Give the Gift of Preparedness

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December 16, 2011
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CHICAGO, Ill. -- The holidays are just around the corner and for those still looking for the perfect gift, consider giving the gift of preparedness.  Emergency supplies for a disaster supply kit are a great addition to any holiday list, since many of the items are low-cost and easy to find.  Best of all, disaster kit supplies can go a long way toward protecting your friends and families for any emergency. 

To learn more about disaster preparedness, go to, where you can find information on how to build a disaster kit, how to get your family prepared and how to stay informed during and after emergencies. 

Great holiday gifts that could be included in an emergency supply kit:

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher and fire escape ladder
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first aid class
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children if the power goes out.

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

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.

Last Updated: 
July 19, 2012 - 23:02
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