Is it really December already? It seems like just last week that I was gearing up to watch fireworks for the 4th of July. But my calendar can’t be denied – it’s time to make a shopping list and plan for the parties and celebrations that fill this season.
Shopping List? Plan? That sure does sound familiar.
As busy as this season can be, it is also one of the most important times of the year to be prepared for emergencies. The cold winter months bring an increase in the number of residential fires as people crank up space heaters, light candles and cook holiday food. Ice and snow storms can block roadways and take out power lines. And while the flu hasn’t presented much of a problem yet, it could rear its ugly head once winter is upon us.
It’s tempting to put emergency preparedness off until after the holidays, but here’s a good reason to do it now: Get a Kit, Give a Kit. This campaign, which runs through the end of the year, makes it easy for Georgia residents to purchase a kit of emergency supplies for themselves and to help those in need do the same. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can order an emergency supply kit, emergency radio or other key provisions that will help you be your own first responder following a disaster. You can also make a donation to the American Red Cross so that many Georgia disaster victims can do the same.
In the middle of this busy season, I hope you’ll take a minute to consider giving the gift of readiness. Think about your children, your pets or the older people in your life. Think about what you can do to protect them if disaster strikes. There’s really no better gift you could give them, and you’ll be giving yourself peace of mind as well.
Need a more tangible gift? You may be in luck. Every person who donates to the Get a Kit, Give a Kit campaign will be entered to win a football autographed by Ovie Mughelli, fullback for the Atlanta Falcons.
Now wouldn’t that make a great gift to kick off 2011?