Give a gift that may save a life

Wabash County experienced first-hand the need to be prepared for disasters during the November 17 tornado, which destroyed or damaged several homes in Friendsville.

If you are trying to decide what to give someone for Christmas, the Wabash County Health Department suggests buying gifts that will help loved ones stay safe when disaster strikes.

Emergency preparedness gift ideas include:

  • Weather alert radio with batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Home emergency preparedness kit stocked with a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food; battery-powered radio, weather radio and flashlights with extra batteries; first aid kit; shut-off wrench (to turn off household gas and water); manual can opener; and fire extinguisher
  • Vehicle emergency preparedness kit stocked with flashlight with extra batteries; first aid kit; water and non-perishable snacks; blankets; windshield scraper and brush; booster cables; sack of sand or kitty litter; tool kit; and shovel.  Pack these items in a backpack, duffel bag, or plastic carrying tote.

You can find most of these emergency preparedness gift items in local hardware, farm supply, or department stores.  For additional information on emergency preparedness, visit