Stacy Gerlich, a Los Angeles Fire Department Captain, has a creative and useful suggestion. And, she says two-thirds of recipients love it.Â
Newlyweds receiving a wedding gift from Stacy Gerlich these days can expect a little disaster when they unwrap her present. The Los Angeles Fire Department captain forsakes the traditional toaster oven or personalized bric-a-brac, instead stuffing backpacks with goggles, bottled water, toilet paper and other earthquake-survival items.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
“Ten out of 15 couples said it was the best gift they’ve ever received,” said Gerlich, who heads the department’s Community Emergency Response Training, a seven-week disaster-training program for city residents.
Of course, I think it’s an inspired idea. And, as Jacobs concludes, “If every Southern Californian invited her to their weddings, the region would be a safer place.”