Top Preparedness Gifts of 2014
Posted at 11 a.m.
Not sure what to give your stubborn sister or that hard-to-buy-for uncle for their birthday or during this holiday season? Give the gift of preparedness!
Our Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce its top gifts of 2014:
- Weather Radio – A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio is like having your own emergency siren in your home. It provides forecasts, watches, warnings and other emergency information around the clock. Cost: $20-$40.
- Emergency Food – Get creative. Put together a refillable container with their favorite long-lasting high-calorie snacks and drinks. Label it as emergency food and include information about rotating its contents every six months. Suggest they store it at work, in their car or with their home emergency kit. Cost: varies.
- Emergency Plan – Sit down with your family and develop an emergency plan with the easy-to-use template from www.ReadyNoVa.org. Know a neighbor or relative who may need help? Spread good cheer and walk them through filling out the template too. Cost: free.
- Can Opener – A good-quality handheld can opener will save frustration later. We hear a can opener fits perfectly into a stocking – naughty or nice! Cost: $10-$14.
- Emergency Vehicle Kits – You don’t want a loved one getting stuck without some roadside essentials. You could even make your own. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/make-a-kit.htm to learn more. Cost: around $30-$50.
- First Aid, AED and CPR Classes – First aid, automated external defibrillator (AED) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills could save a life – maybe even yours. Visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class to learn more. This would be a great family activity! Cost: $70-$110.
- Emergency Blanket – These are great to keep in the glove box – especially during the winter season. Cost: $5 per pack of four.
If your friends and family are already prepared with the items from the above list, consider donating to a disaster relief organization in their honor. And for more on emergency preparedness, call emergency management at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email email@example.com.