Looking for a Last Minute Holiday Present? Give the Gift of Preparedness

Posted at 12:18 p.m.

There’s lots of holiday hussle and bussle underway, and if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect present this season, there’s still time to make your loved ones smile, all while giving them a gift that will be useful before, during and after emergencies.

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, suggests that you consider giving gifts like:

  • An emergency kit for your car: Include items such as a windshield scraper, booster cables, hat and mittens, blanket, snack food and flares.
  • A solar-powered or hand-crank cellphone charger. And don’t forget a portable car charger as well.
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class. You take the class individually, as a couple or with the family!
  • Travel-size games to include in an emergency kit; this way kids are entertained if you lose power or need to evacuate.
  • A NOAA weather radio to ensure friends and family always have the latest on severe weather conditions in their area.
  • A sleeping bag or a warm blanket. They can prove especially useful if friends/family loses power during the cold winter months.  

Visit Ready.gov for more holiday gift ideas.

And finally, give yourself a gift. Better yet, two gifts — and the best part is that they are free!

  1. Sign up to receive emergency alerts on your cellphone from CEAN, Fairfax County’s Community Emergency Alert Network. You can get weather and traffic alerts as well.
  2. Enter your email address in the box at the top, right of this page to receive every article in your inbox. That way you’ll be sure you don’t miss any emergency news or preparedness tips during the coming new year!

Have a happy — and safe — holiday!

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