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Five Great Gifts for Father's Day

Contact: Mr. Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer (517) 336-6464
Agency: State Police

With Father’s Day less than a week away, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) has created a list of five great gift ideas for dad.

Preparedness items make ideal gifts by providing a peace of mind knowing loved ones are ready for an emergency, such as losing power for days or needing supplies or tools when time counts. In addition, preparedness gifts serve as a reminder to make preparedness a priority.

"Trying to figure out the perfect Father’s Day gift can be difficult," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Preparedness gifts show you care for your father’s safety and welfare. They also make all-around great gifts for addressing all types of emergencies and disasters."

Father’s Day Gift Idea No. 1: Emergency Preparedness Kits for Home, Car and Office

An emergency preparedness kit is probably the best thing a person can give.

In an emergency, electricity, gas and water may be cut off for days—even weeks. An individual may be stuck in his or her home or evacuated at a moment's notice.

That's why it's important to have a fully-stocked emergency preparedness kit.  At the minimum, every household should have a kit containing food, water, first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, extra clothing and a blanket.

It's also great to have an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle in case an emergency occurs while traveling. An emergency kit in your vehicle with nonperishable, high-energy foods—such as granola bars, canned nuts and trail mix—could save your life and the lives of your passengers.

A kit can be made or purchased online for as little as $30.

Father’s Day Gift Idea No. 2: NOAA Weather Radio

A NOAA weather radio is like having your own emergency siren in your home.

It's one of the best ways to protect your family in case of a disaster. Emergency radios are a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings and other emergency information.

If there is no emergency, the radio goes into a silent stand-by mode. When there is an emergency, it sets off an alarm alerting you to the danger.

Prices hover around $30 at most electronic, hardware and neighborhood drug stores.

Father’s Day Gift Idea No. 3: Generator

Power outages can happen at any time of year—summer or winter.

If used correctly, a generator can safely provide electricity to warm a home or keep a refrigerator cool, providing comfort during any blackout. Generators vary in size and output, so carefully think about use and application before purchasing.

Prices begin at $200.

Father’s Day Gift Idea No. 4: Multi-Tool

A multi-tool provides a strong pair of pliers, knife, small saw, metal file and screwdriver in a single package.

During an emergency or disaster, this type of tool can be used in almost any type of situation. The more features the multi-tool possesses, the higher the cost.

Father’s Day Gift Idea No. 5: Hand-Crank Cell Phone Charger

Almost everyone has a cell phone these days.

When the power goes out, a cell phone has no place to charge. A hand-crank cell phone charger provides a little peace of mind by providing a power source to briefly charge a battery to communicate during an emergency or disaster.

The American Red Cross has a charger available for $15. There are some that are combined with radios and flashlights available for more than $30.

For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency, visit the MSP/EMHSD on the Web at www.michigan.gov/beprepared or Twitter at www.twitter.com/MichEMHS.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.