MSP offers preparedness gift ideas for residents

LANSING — The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to help friends and family prepare for any type of emergency or disaster, officials said in a press release.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is suggesting five emergency preparedness gifts worth adding to your shopping list this holiday season.

“Preparedness gifts are gifts that really do keep on giving,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, EMHSD deputy state director. “By giving your friends and family some emergency essentials now, you can have peace of mind knowing those you care about will be better prepared in an emergency or disaster.”

Here are the MSP’s preparedness gift ideas:

Emergency preparedness kits: When disaster strikes, power could be out, and gas and water may not be available, making an emergency preparedness kit a necessity. At a minimum, every household should have a kit that contains food, water, a first-aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, clothing and a blanket. A recommended checklist of emergency kit items can be found at michigan.gov/miready. An emergency preparedness kit for your vehicle also is a good idea.

LED emergency hand crank lantern: During a power outage, an emergency hand crank lantern can provide a light source with just 60 seconds of cranking. Many emergency hand crank lanterns also have the option to run power from a battery source or utilize solar power.

Mobile phone battery charger: Mobile phones are great to have in an emergency, but when the power goes out a mobile phone cannot be charged. A mobile phone battery charger solves this problem.

Water filtration bottle: A water filtration bottle that removes particles and bacteria can be used in an emergency or during routine outdoor recreational activities to provide clean drinking water.

Disaster preparedness books for kids: Disasters can be scary for children. Knowing what to do can help reduce a child’s fears during an emergency. A disaster preparedness book can teach children about emergency plans in place at home, school or while traveling. These types of books also allow children to participate in their own personal preparedness. A free, printable disaster preparedness activity book can be downloaded at michigan.gov/miready.

For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency, visit michigan.gov/miready.

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