Christmas is coming soon. Be jolly and safe!
The Holiday season is a joyous time to enjoy family and friends. It’s also a good time to think about emergency preparedness and make the new year merry and safe. Here are some easy ways to get started.
Update emergency contact information
Mailing out holiday cards this season? While you’re at it, make sure addresses and phone numbers are up-to-date. Keep a back-up list of contact information in case of emergency or a broken phone. Make sure all members of you family know who to call if you can’t reach each other during an emergency- having an out-of-state contact is a best practice.
Fill preparedness stockings
Need some stocking stuffer ideas? Why not create or update your family’s emergency preparedness kit. Many helpful elves have been busy making lists for emergency kits for your car, your home, and your work. It’s easy to find premade kits for your home, work, and vehicle.
Games / Puzzles - Perhaps you can rotate some older puzzles and games into your emergency preparedness kit.
Diapers – Kids grow quick; make sure you have appropriate sized diapers in the kit.
Fire proof safe - Great time to ask Santa for something to protect those valuable documents.
First Aid Kits and instructions – Check your current first aid kit for expired items and replace with new.
Fire Extinguishers – Make sure they are all purpose (ABC) extinguishers.
Water Proof Matches – Santa may use as stocking stuffers.
Mess kits – Plate, bowl, pan sets that can be found at your favorite hunting/camping store.
Paper and Pencil - They make waterproof paper and pencils, and “space pens” that write upside down!
Battery Powered Radio / NOAA Radio
Flashlights – Ask Santa for a great stocking stuffer.
Whistles – Another small item that could be useful in your kit.
Pet Supplies – Don’t forget food, water and accessories for Fido or Kitty. They’ve been good this year!
If your emergency kit is complete, you can give the gift of preparedness by helping others complete their kit.
Santa has his “to-go” bag ready. Do you?
No need to make a list or check it twice. Ready.gov has already done that for you.
Santa’s helpers at FEMA also some great gift ideas.
All of us here at Montana Disaster and Emergency Services wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.