Monday, December 17, 2012

Calgary Emergency Management Agency great gift ideas

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency has some great gift giving ideas for that hard-to-buy for person. Whether it’s for this holiday season, or any occasion these gifts are practical and can be of useful in many types of emergency situations.
  1. Headlamp:  With the shorter days, there’s a good chance that if the power goes out, it will happen in the dark. These nifty little lamps fit on your head, freeing your hands to complete tasks while you can direct light with a simple turn of your head. Purchasing tip: look for a headlamp with an LED light that will be capable for providing hours of light on a couple of AA or AAA batteries.
  2. Emergency Car Kit:  It always happens at the worst possible time – your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and the wait for roadside assistance is hours, if not days. And it’s 30 below. An emergency kit contains things like a shovel, flashlight, warm clothing and blankets, booster cables, and more. Purchasing tip: Often you will have a number of these things around the house. Using an old gym bag or travel bag can make a convenient package to put it all together.
  3. Battery-Powered lantern:  it’s not only great for camping, it’s great for an emergency when the power is out. Goes great with a deck of cards – keep the family entertained for hours! Purchasing tip: Look for a lantern with LED lights that when shone on a reflective surface, will spread your light over a large area.
  4. A wind-up radio:  A windup radio will work when the power is out, even if the batteries are dead. A small amount of muscle to wind the crank will ensure you can keep informed in the event of a power outage or emergency Purchasing tip: You can often find one that will not only generate enough power for the radio, but with continued winding can provide a charge for a cell phone.
  5. Batteries:  Without power, an hour in the dark seems like a lifetime. Battery-operated lanterns are great, until you find out the batteries are dead. A gift basket with an assortment of batteries is a great way to say you care! Purchasing tip: Try to get devices that use all the same size of batteries so that you don’t need to stock a large number of different sizes. AA batteries are much cheaper and last longer than AAA batteries.
  6. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors:  There are many different kinds but they all have something in common – they save lives. Both devises should be replaced every seven to ten years or according to manufacturer recommendations – hey, isn’t it about time?
  7. First Aid and CPR classes:  Imagine giving the gift of saving a life! Many organizations offer a variety of classes. Specialized classes for infants and children are a great gift for the new parents on your list.
  8. Emergency Preparedness Kit (or 72-Hour Kit): If a major disaster occurs, it could be some time before assistance arrives. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for 72 hours with non-perishable food (don’t forget a manual can opener!), water, warm clothing and blankets, and more. You can buy a kit already prepared with basic items, and then add your own contributions for that personal touch. Purchasing tip: Start with a base amount of supplies and then each time you go shopping, buy a couple more things to strengthen the type and quantity of your supplies.
  9. First Aid Kit:  Having one at home and one in your vehicle means you will always know where the bandages are. There’s lots of other great stuff in them too, and they come in all shapes and sizes.
  10. A helping hand:  Winter can be hazardous for your health. Falls on slippery sidewalks can cause serious injuries. Pledge to shovel your neighbour’s sidewalk after snowfalls, especially if your neighbour is a senior or has a disability. Be a Snow Angel.
The Calgary Emergency Management Agency wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, visit

Onward: CEMA ensure that emergency preparedness information is available and accessible by all Calgarians. /ImagineCalgary By 2020, more than 86% of citizens will report that Calgary is a safe city in which to live.

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