On Dec. 9, FEMA unveiled its list of gift ideas for this year’s holiday season. And, while the list might not be typical of those sent to the North Pole, it does feature some good suggestions and even a few geek-pleasing gadgets that speak to the need for all of us to be thinking about preparedness this year.

According to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, “now is the best time to prepare for disaster since many families will be gathering together for extended periods, providing opportunities to formulate family wide emergency plans”.

Some of the ideas expressed in the list are:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios with extra batteries;
  • Enrollment in a CPR or first-aid class;
  • Smoke detectors;
  • Foldable ladders for second-story escape in a fire;
  • Car kits (emergency flares, shovels, flashlights and fluorescent distress flags);
  • Pet disaster kits (food, water, leashes, dishes and carrying case or crate); and
  • Battery-powered lamps.

You may want to introduce this list to your business continuity and risk management planning teams before their holiday break this season.

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