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  • Give the Gift of Preparedness this Christmas

    Christmas RolloverHomer Robertson was driving south on Interstate 15 in Utah when he saw a minivan cross the median, hog his side of the freeway then roll over. He stopped to help and found three children and three adults, one of whom was pregnant and hemorrhaging.  Fortunately, Robertson knew emergency first aid. He got someone to call 911, then he, a nurse and a deputy who arrived on the scene treated the family for injuries and shock until paramedics took over.

    This time of year, many of us give gifts like emergency food and gear. We can give gifts of preparedness like these. And, as Mr. Robertson did, we can give gifts of our own preparation and knowledge.

    I asked several members of my extended family about gifts of preparedness they like to give and receive.

    “I like to give things you don’t normally think about, like stuff for the car,” said sister-in-law Savannah.

    She likes to give roadside emergency kits, blankets, flashlights, water, and snacks – which she said are especially useful when kids are in the car.

    Christmas

    I got jumper cables for my car while I was in college many years ago. I’ve used them at least yearly since then, through many years and many vehicles, to jump others’ car batteries. This year, they proved handy when my own vehicle’s battery died. They were a gift that continues to give.

    A first aid kit for a vehicle is another gift that can keep giving. It’s great for minor scrapes, bumps, and pain when you’re out and about, even if you never use it for a major incident.

    Robertson said when he was helping after the minivan’s accident, a deputy arrived with a huge first aid kit. The first thing the deputy did, before he approached the scene, was put on latex gloves. He asked Robertson to help treat a woman’s bleeding wrist. Robertson didn’t have gloves.

    “I look at my hands, and he says, ‘get some gloves’ [from the deputy’s first aid kit].”

    Since then, Robertson has carried latex gloves in his own first-aid kit.

    Robertson also likes preparedness gifts that stay home, like wheat grinders and grain.

    “I’d like to get into freeze-dried food, if they knock off about $550 off the equipment,” he joked.

    My sister-in-law, Stephanie, enjoys giving less-expensive preparedness gifts.

    “I think it’s fun to give [Mylar] space blankets. I don’t know if people like getting them, but they’re fun to give,” she said.

    Christmas

    I gave my son, a Boy Scout, hand and foot warmers for his winter campouts. (If you buy a bunch, hand warmers cost less at beprepared.com than at the dollar store.)

    My brother Mark gave hand-cranked flashlights to his young children. Not only are they useful in emergencies, they’re sturdy enough for the kids to play with, he joked.

    The gift of preparedness doesn’t have to be a physical item. Robertson was able to provide first aid after the minivan accident, and on several other occasions, because he took first aid classes. Consider taking a first aid course – or paying for one for someone else – through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

    Learn how to perform basic car repair, like how to change a tire. Learn how to sew on buttons or hem clothes, so you can help yours and others’ clothes last longer. The gift of preparedness provides endless opportunity for self-improvement – and can save you money.

    The gift of preparedness is powerful, because it allows you to serve others long after Christmas decorations are put away. Isn’t that Christmas at its best?

     

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    Mountain House and Filtered Water Bottles Gift Bundle Giveaway

  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways--Day Five

    This post is part of our 2013 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Giveaways series. This series will run from December 3rd to December 18th, 2013. Each giveaway is open for three calendar days. Special offers are open as long as supplies last.   Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on the 3rd day. This giveaway is CLOSED. Click here to see the giveaway items for Day four

    12 Days of Giveaways! Day Five

     

    On the fifth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . a breakfast fit for a king!

    Provident Pantry Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes and Buttermilk Pancake Mix, and Yoders Bacon will help you make a quick and delicious breakfast anytime.

    12 Days of Giveaways Day5-Hash Browns, PancakeMix, Bacon

    These hash browns are easy to rehydrate and cook with. Fry them up to serve with eggs or to include in a breakfast skillet, any potato casserole, or in patties.

    Buttermilk Pancake Mix mixes with water for a griddle-ready batter to make a yummy breakfast entree now or in an emergency. (Add reconstituted freeze dried berries or other fruit dices for a great twist on a classic American favorite.)

    Yoders canned bacon is pre-cooked, and ready to eat, and includes approximately 50 slices per can. It makes a welcome addition to breakfast, BLT’s, or any dish  that calls for good, smoky bacon. Just heat in a pan or microwave to the desired crispness, blot any excess fat with a paper towel, and serve. It’s great for camping, everyday breakfasts, or as a food storage item. The manufacturer guarantees a shelf life (unrefrigerated) for 2 years, but if kept in a cool, dry place, it can last longer—assuming you can resist the temptation! This gift has a total value of $33.79.

    This breakfast is fit for a king and you have the chance to WIN! Take the short quiz below to enter. Remember, you can receive an additional entry if you share today’s giveaway post on your Facebook page. You have until Wednesday, December 11 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time to enter this giveaway.

    Good Luck!

  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways-Day Four

     This post is part of our 2013 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Giveaways series. This series will run from December 3rd to December 18th, 2013. Each giveaway is open for three calendar days. Special offers are open as long as supplies last.   Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on the 3rd day. Click here to see the special offer for Day ThreeThis Giveaway is Closed. 

    Emergency Essentials' 12 Days of Giveaways!-Day Four

    On the fourth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me:

    A BurnFree Emergency Burn Care Kit

    The BurnFree Emergency Burn Care Kit allows you to treat sunburns, burns, or scalds in a variety of situations (cooking at home, lighting camp fires, working on cars, etc.). BurnFree gel is specially designed to provide quick pain relief by drawing the heat out of the burn rather than just masking the pain. It also helps to minimize scarring.

    Emergency Essentials 12 Days of Giveaways-Day Four: BurnFree Kit

    BurnFree is used and trusted by medical professionals and burn centers. The list below shows the industries that regularly use BurnFree, taken directly from the BurnFree website.

    • Leading brand of burn care products in the Occupational Health, Industrial Safety, EMS/Fire, and Military Supply markets worldwide
    • Products are widely featured by industry leading distributors in the Industrial Safety, Occupational Health and School Health Markets.
    • Used by the Military in over 20 countries Worldwide

    Each kit includes:

    • 1- 4 oz. Bottle of BurnFree gel (store in the kitchen, bathroom,  closet, or other areas where burns may occur)
    • 4-Dressings 4"x4” size (pre-soaked in BurnFree and great for covering larger burns)
    • 2-Roller Gauze (soak in BurnFree and cover a burn for instant cooling and relief)
    • 12-1/8 oz. Gel packets (great to add to an [every day carry] with your purse, backpack, or emergency kit)

    Check out the power and effectiveness of Burnfree by watching the video at the top of today’s quiz.

    Enter to win your own Burnfree Emergency Burn Kit by taking the quiz below and get a second entry by sharing today’s giveaway post on Facebook. You have until Sunday, December 8that 11:59 p.m. (Mountain time) to enter this giveaway.

    Good luck!

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