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Consider a safety gift, kit for loved ones

Statement issued Tuesday:

INDIANAPOLIS – If you’re having trouble shopping for that special person who already has everything or who’s always hard to buy for, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) suggests purchasing a NOAA all hazard alert radio, hand crank AM/FM radio or flashlight, or putting together a personalized emergency preparedness kit.

“An emergency preparedness kits for your loved one’s home or vehicle can be a very practical expression of how much you care for them,” said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “For the person who has everything, an emergency preparedness kit is the one gift their life may depend on some day. This year, give your friends and family the invaluable peace of mind that comes from being prepared.”

Preparedness gift ideas

• A battery powered or hand crank NOAA all hazards alert radio

• An emergency preparedness kit for the home, office or dormitory with such items as a first aid kit, bottled water (one gallon per person/per day-three day minimum), non-perishable food, blankets, flashlight and batteries

• A safety kit for the automobile with such items as jumper cables, flashlight, blankets, sand and a small shovel

• Remember the special needs of the individual or family you are preparing the kit for. Items like diapers and formula for babies, small toys or books for children and pet supplies should be included if appropriate.

• Even if you cannot assemble all of the items as part of your gift, you can purchase the container and some of the items to at least help get the kit started. You can then include a printout of other items that can be included in the kit. This information, including a printable checklist, can be found on the IDHS website, at

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says home safety gifts, such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, are also thoughtful presents that are proven to save lives.

“If you know someone who doesn’t have a working smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector in their home, these items should be at the top of your gift list,” said Greeson. “Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are both proven life-savers, and what could be a better gift than something that protects the lives of the ones you love?”

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of IDHS.

Other fire safety and prevention gift ideas suggested by the State Fire Marshal include ABC-rated fire extinguishers, foldable ladders for second-story emergency escapes, and flameless scented candles.

Most preparedness and fire safety gift items can be found in hardware and department stores.

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