Office of Domestic Preparedness Blog

Give the Gift of Preparedness

The holiday gift-giving season is a good occasion to help your friends and family prepare for an emergency or disaster. The Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division shares five emergency preparedness gifts worth adding to your shopping list:

1. Emergency Preparedness Kit: At minimum, every household should have an emergency kit stocked with food, water, a first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, clothing and a blanket.

2. LED Emergency Hand-Crank Lantern: During a power outage, an emergency hand-crank lantern can provide a light source with just 60 seconds of cranking. Most emergency hand-crank lanterns also have the option to run power from a battery source or utilize solar power.

3. Mobile Phone Battery Charger: When the power goes out, a mobile phone battery charger can help you stay connected with loved ones.

4. Water Filtration Bottle: Can be used in an emergency to provide clean drinking water or during routine outdoor recreational activities.

5. Disaster Preparedness Book for Kids: A disaster preparedness book can teach children about emergency plans that are in place at home, school or while traveling. These types of books also allow children to participate in their own personal preparedness.

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


Drive Slow on Ice and Snow

When traveling this winter, allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. Remember to “Drive Slow on Ice and Snow,” as the majority of winter driving crashes can be attributed to motorists going too fast for the roadway conditions.
Driving slower on snowy and icy roads allows the driver a longer reaction time. It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy conditions.

Walt Grech