Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Great Gift For The Holidays!!

The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross encourages Utahns to buy the gift of preparedness for friends and family this year. A recent American Red Cross study found 93% of Americans are not prepared for a disaster. All you need to do is get a kit, make a plan and be informed. If you are a victim of a fire, flood, evacuation or earthquake, you’ll be ready! The American Red Cross and your local Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter offer free preparedness tips online as well as a bookstore with these items for sale. The Salt Lake Chapter’s bookstore phone number is 801-323-7014 and they can take your orders over the phone or you can stop by in person at 465 S. 400 E. in Salt Lake City.

First Aid kits run $5 - $25. You can make your own 72-hour preparedness kits or buy them for $50-70. There are a wide variety of preparedness items available. The American Red Cross also encourages people to build their own kits if they want to keep the costs down and offers free tips on how to build a kit and what items should be in the kits. For the lists, visit and click on Be Prepared. You can also watch a free preparedness video on the website in English or Spanish that walks you through the process to get a kit, make a plan and be informed.

“First Aid and 72-Hour Kits are great gift ideas. It is something different and something families really need. Whether you make them or buy them from the Red Cross, we highly recommend preparedness gifts for the holidays!” Said Chapter CEO Maxine Margaritis, “Your local Chapter disaster relief teams are always here to help you when disaster strikes, but we also work to help your community be prepared, so that everyone is as safe as possible.”

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