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Give the Gift of Preparedness This Holiday Season

With the holidays fast approaching, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V office encourages everyone to consider giving gifts that will help protect their family members and friends during a future emergency...
December 3, 2014

With the holidays fast approaching, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office encourages everyone to consider giving gifts that will help protect their family members and friends during a future emergency.

"A gift to help prepare for emergencies could be life-saving for friends and family," said FEMA Region V acting regional administrator, Janet Odeshoo. "These gift ideas provide a great starting point for being prepared for an emergency or disaster." Preparedness gifts could include:

A battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert; a flashlight with extra batteries; a solar-powered cell phone charger; a smoke detector and/or carbon monoxide detectors; a first aid kit; a fire extinguisher and fire escape ladder; enrollment in a CPR or first aid class; or a backpack with such things as a rain poncho, moist towelettes, work gloves, batteries, duct tape, whistle, food bars, etc. The gift of preparedness might just save the life of a friend or family member.

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