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FOR MOST OF US, AN ELAB­O­RATE DOOMSDAY BUNKER IS OVERKILL. But, when fac­ing down a tor­nado, hur­ri­cane, bliz­zard, or what­ever Mother Na­ture flings at you, a lit­tle prepa­ra­tion can save you from a real-life ver­sion of the gro­cery-store frenzy in an end-time zom­bie flick. Start with ba­sics, like a three-day sup­ply of wa­ter (ready.gov rec­om­mends one gal­lon per per­son per day), bat­ter­ies, and the in­fin­itely ver­sa­tile duct tape. Then store these other es­sen­tials in a wa­ter­proof bucket. There—no fight­ing over Man­wich.

For Health

A good first-aid kit in­cludes more than just antacids, la­tex gloves, and Band-Aids. The Back­packer Ex­tended First Aid Kit by REI in­cludes sponges for bleed­ing, a mold­able splint for bone breaks, and a ban­dage for mak­ing a sling. $55

For San­ity

Step one: Ex­plain to any nearby chil­dren what play­ing cards are. Step two: En­joy games like Go Fish or Slap Jack with the Hoyle Clear wa­ter­proof deck. It will be a wel­come dis­trac­tion once the iPad bat­ter­ies in­evitably give out. $6

For Warmth

The 7-foot SOL Emer­gency Blan­ket uses a shiny-sil­ver alu­minum coat­ing to re­flect 90 per­cent of your body heat back to you. Un­like other space blankies, its flip side is bright or­ange, mak­ing you eas­ier to spot in an emer­gency. $5

For Alerts

Lis­ten to tunes or lo­cal news on the bat­tery-pow­ered WR400 Mid­land Weather Alert Ra­dio via the AM/FM bands. It’ll au­to­mat­i­cally in­ter­rupt with Na­tional Weather Ser­vice emer­gency alerts af­fect­ing your county. $70

For Il­lu­mi­na­tion

Don’t risk drop­ping your light. The Black Di­a­mond Storm Head­lamp works in 3.3 feet of wa­ter, so it’ll keep shin­ing in a del­uge. The beam reaches over 260 feet, and you can squeeze up to 160 hours of light out of four AAA bat­ter­ies. $50

For Life

A whis­tle is the best way to help res­cuers find you when things go side­ways. The mul­ti­cham­ber Whis­tles for Life Tri-Power can reach 120 deci­bels (as loud as thunder). Two side cham­bers send tones in op­po­site di­rec­tions, max­i­miz­ing range. $5

For Re­pairs

The Ger­ber Cen­ter-Drive’s bit driver (one of eight ap­pendages, in­clud­ing pli­ers and blades) lines up nicely with the de­vice’s cen­ter, mak­ing it eas­ier to hold, and pro­vid­ing bet­ter lev­er­age and torque dur­ing tough tasks. $119

For Sus­te­nance

Each Meal Kit Sup­ply MRE pouch pro­vides a two-course meal that cooks it­self. Wa­ter trig­gers a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion that warms up grub in about 15 min­utes. En­trees have a five-year shelf life thanks to a steam­ing process that kills bac­te­ria. $45 (box of 6)

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