Five Great Preparedness Gifts for the Holidays

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

Issued: Dec. 15, 2014

With holiday shopping being on the minds of many Michiganders this time of year, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) has developed a list of five great emergency preparedness gifts.

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. Recent flooding disasters and widespread power outages throughout the state serve as a reminder that preparedness should be a priority.

"An emergency preparedness gift is one of the most thoughtful and potentially life-saving things you can give someone," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "As we saw with the southeast Michigan flooding disaster in August, incidents can happen at any time, to anyone. These five gift ideas provide a great starting point for being prepared for an emergency or disaster."


Holiday Preparedness Gift Idea No. 1: Emergency Preparedness Kits for Home and Vehicle

An emergency preparedness kit is one of the best gifts a person can give for someone to be prepared for an emergency or disaster.

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 a 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.


Holiday Preparedness 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.


Holiday Preparedness Gift Idea No. 3: 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.

Prices begin at $15.


Holiday Preparedness Gift Idea No. 4: Pet Disaster Kit

Pets are important members of family and often overlooked when preparing emergencies and disasters.

A pet disaster kit contains food, water, leash, dishes, ID tag and crate. If you have a family member with pets, this is a perfect gift to ensure his or her pets will be safe.

Prices range from $10 to $100.


Holiday Preparedness Gift Idea No. 5: Mobile Phone Battery Charger

Almost everyone has a mobile phone these days.

When the power goes out, a mobile phone has no place to charge. A mobile phone battery charger provides a little peace of mind by providing a charging source during an emergency or disaster.

Some chargers have the capability to charge multiple electronic devices and are combined with an emergency flashlight.

Prices range from $5 to $80.

For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency, visit the MSP/EMHSD on the Web at or Twitter at @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.