Don't confuse Leslie Fastenberg of Old Westbury with one of those survivalists who proclaim the world's end. She just likes to be prepared.
And now she has made a business of it. A few years ago Fastenberg started a company in the basement of her home, Ice-Qube Emergency Preparedness Solutions, which creates kits containing first aid items, flashlights and hygiene products to be used in case of a disaster or a terrorist attack.
The idea, Fastenberg said, came after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. (Ice-Qube is short for In Case of Emergency, and the safety products are put in cubes.)
She also has a baby emergency kit, called Ice-Qube Baby, consisting of a bottle, an emergency Mylar blanket, a child-size face mask, creams, lotions and other items.
That kit is on the shelves at Buy Buy Baby and Bed Bath & Beyond. The other kits are sold on the Internet.
"I've been a community activist for 20 years," Fastenberg said. "I do think that all of that knowledge played its hand in my saying, 'How do I take care of my family?' "
Many families, Fastenberg said, are entirely unprepared for a disaster.
Fastenberg now has a warehouse in Bay Shore and is certified as a "woman business enterprise," making her eligible for municipal contracts.
There are baby kits for $79.99, and others ranging from a starter kit for $24 to a deluxe kit for $750.
"I'm a Long Island mom" of three, Fastenberg said. "This started as a hobby."