Better Safe

Posted March 30, 2006
A couple weeks back, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt declared, “When you go to the store and buy three cans of tuna fish, buy a fourth and put it under the bed. When you go to the store to buy milk, buy powdered milk and put that under the bed.” The idea is, as he put it, “self-reliance” in case of a bird-flu outbreak (thanks for the thoughtful leadership, Mike). Those of us who still have rolls of duct tape from 2003, which former Homeland Security czar Tom Ridge hilariously suggested we buy to seal our homes in case of a chemical attack, should resist the temptation to head down to D.C. and duct-tape Leavitt’s mouth shut and instead invest in something truly useful: a Target/American Red Cross First Aid Emergency Preparedness Starter Kit, which is possibly the best designed, best thought-out first-aid kit ever. It’s got all the obvious stuff (bandages, ointments, gauze pads, etc.) plus gloves, two flashlights, a radio, batteries, four plastic ponchos, four dust masks, a blanket, thermometers, and even a children’s activity booklet and crayons. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Red Cross. Only Target could make something this worthy (and necessary) look this cool.

$30 at Target, multiple locations, target.com.

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