This year during your holiday shopping, consider buying a few gifts with disaster readiness in mind.
Crank flashlights are a great addition to anyone’s emergency supplies. They are relatively inexpensive and the decent ones work very well. They make great stocking stuffers as well.
Emergency radios can be a godsend during a power outage. While most folks probably have at least one battery operated radio stuck in a drawer somewhere, odds are pretty good they don’t have fresh batteries for it. Get them a crank powered radio and they’ll be all set. Look for one that has an integral flashlight and plugs for charging cell phones as a bonus.
Every guy (and many women) would appreciate a good multi-tool under the tree or in a stocking. The good ones are kind of pricey but as with any tool, you get what you pay for.
Smoke alarms and/or a carbon monoxide detector could save a life or three.
For the bibliophiles on your list, consider THE UNTHINKABLE by Amanda Ripley (one of my favorite reads this year), EMERGENCY FOOD STORAGE AND SURVIVAL HANDBOOK by Peggy Layton, or BUG OUT: THE COMPLETE PLAN FOR ESCAPING A CATASTROPHIC DISASTER BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE by Scott B. Williams.
Magazine subscriptions aren’t a bad way to go either. Backwoods Home, Countryside, Back Home, even Mother Earth News make great gifts for budding preppers.
For those with a larger budget, consider putting together a full on bug out bag or emergency kit. You could start with a pre-made kit, then add a few extras to personalize it.