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5 tools to help you survive the next storm

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It’s a question nobody likes to ponder, but lives depend on it: What do I need for a storm preparedness kit and where do I buy it all?

Everyone – from home insurers to emergency responders to the American Red Cross – will tell you a good severe weather survival kit is the first and necessary step to protecting yourself against unexpected weather.

Here are five items that will get you ready for storm season.

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Power generator

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This wheeled RV-grade generator from DuroMax offers easy portability and features 7-HP with an electric start. Providing 4400 watts of power, this gas generator weighs in at 127 pounds and is made for use with RVs and more. It operates at 69 dB noise generation and has a fuel tank capacity of 3.96 gallons. You can operate this DuroMax generator at 120 or 250 V simultaneously.

Buy now: DuroMax XP4400E Gas Powered Portable Generator

Emergency radio

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FosPower’s emergency weather radio provides you with two light sources: a four LED reading light and a 1W LED flashlight with zoom, capable of lighting any emergency situation. A 2000mAh power bank provides enough power for any mobile device in emergency situations, and there are 3 power options. You can use the emergency weather radio’s three power sources when you need a boost of power or need to recharge the radio. The radio’s crank lever and solar panel are both capable of regenerating enough power to keep the radio, lights, and SOS alarm ready to go when you need it. Comes with AAA batteries.

Buy: FosPower Emergency Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio

Bathtub water storage container

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Water is the key to everything post-hurricane, but storing it isn’t easy – especially when the recommendation is one gallon per person per day for at least three days. One trick to saving enough water to ride out a hurricane is filling a bathtub with water. But who really wants to drink from that soap-filmed beast? No worries. The WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container holds up to 100 gallons and keeps the water fresh for up to 16 weeks depending on the original water source. A siphon pump helps dispense the water into smaller containers for everyday use.

Buy now: WaterBOB Bathtub Storage Emergency Drinking Water Container

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Camping lanterns

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When the power goes out, turn on these LED camping lanterns, featuring 30 bright lights that can last more than 30 hours on a single battery charge. When you’re not using them, the lanterns collapse and fold into the size of a cell phone.

Buy now: Vont 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern

H3: Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

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If preparation is the key to storm survival, then this is your ultimate tool. This Survival Kits Online wrench is designed to shut off gas values and water meters but can also be used to pry open doors and other areas damaged in a disaster.

Buy now: SurvivalKitsOnline 515100 4-in-1 Tool

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