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This Year, Give the Gift of Emergency Preparedness

ALBANY, N.Y. - After a year in which New York State endured disasters in the form of heavy snows, spring floods, a hurricane and a tropical storm, state and federal officials are urging residents to consider giving the gift of emergency preparedness this holiday season.


With the holidays upon us, consider giving gifts that will help protect your family members and friends during a future emergency. Supplies for an Emergency Preparedness Kit can make potentially life-saving holiday gifts.
"A flashlight, a battery-operated radio, a small first aid kit - these are just a few examples of some simple and inexpensive items," said Steven Kuhr, State OEM Director. "They make good, practical gifts for your loved ones - either under the tree or as stocking stuffers."
Emergency preparedness gifts might include:
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • A quality flashlight and extra batteries
  • Solar-powered cell phone charger
  • Smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors
  • A comprehensive first aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher and fire escape ladder
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first aid class
  • Coloring books, crayons and board games for the kids, in case electrical service goes out.
  • Personal hygiene comfort kit, including shampoo, body wash, wash cloth, hairbrush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant.
New York State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge residents to consider giving at least one of these gifts. More information, preparedness tips and other gift ideas can be found at, or
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.
12/22/2011 - 1:57pm