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Disaster Preparedness: 8 Gadgets You Need

Prepare for the worst, and then breathe easy. Or at least, easier. That’s the theory, and with a little planning ahead and the right gadgets, you’ll feel more confident that you can handle a natural disaster or other calamity. Here’s what to keep in a home emergency kit.
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Water is essential to life, but it’s hard to store enough bottled water for a whole family. SteriPEN makes a line of handheld water purifiers that use UV light to wipe out 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Some models use lithium batteries; others are charged with a USB cable or portable solar panel. 

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Goal Zero Multi-Tool Kit

This Goal Zero Multi-Tool kit gets the sun’s help when you need to charge your devices and the power is out. It includes a solar panel, flashlight, fan and battery to store all that solar power. It can recharge your smartphone or any USB device.

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The Blackout Buddy

No more groping around in the dark when the power goes off. The Blackout Buddy plugs into an outlet so it’s continuously charged and ready. When the power switches off, an LED light automatically turns on. Fold up the prong to use it as a flashlight with four hours of power. 

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Battery Storage Rack

One cannot have too many batteries during an emergency. One can, however, have too many batteries, of undetermined age, rolling around loose. Try a battery storage rack like this one from Range Kleen, which neatly holds 64 batteries of all shapes and sizes. A built-in battery tester lets you check the charge levels. Mount the rack to a wall or place it flat inside a drawer. 

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