Monday, December 12, 2011

Give the Gift of Disaster Preparedness

I found this interesting article searching around for disaster preparedness information.  FEMA, who we have linked below, is suggesting adding disaster preparedness items to holiday gift giving.  The article provides some suggestions for disaster preparedness holiday gifts such as disaster kits for homes, offices and cars (first aid kits; food, water and prescription medications for 72 hours, extra clothing, blankets, and flashlights), NOAA weather radios with extra batteries, enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers (for the kitchen, garage, car, etc.), foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire, winter car kits (emergency flares, shovels, ice scrapers, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags, jumper cables), pet disaster kits (food, water, leashes, dishes, toys, and carrying case or crate), and battery powered lamps.  What cool ideas.  Let's have our readers' comments on other disaster preparedness holiday gifts!

The American Bar Association's Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Disaster Initiative has some suggested gifts in its podcasts, recorded audio and video webinars, and its upcoming Disaster Initiative programming at its mid-year, Spring, and annual meetings.  TIPS will be visiting local venues and will be supplying disaster preparedness information to the local population in New Orleans, Charleston, and Chicago.   Visit our Disaster Initiative page for more information and to register or access these great disaster preparedness and response programs and materials.

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