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Emergency Items You Need to Have Packed and Ready to Go

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26. Wrench, pliers and other tools

A wrench and pliers are important hand tools that you might want to consider including in your basic emergency kit. Pliers can be especially helpful during power outages as they can be used to fix damaged wires in the house. If you need to shut off water mains or other utilities, you’ll need a wrench.

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27. Paper map

GPS navigation can be accessed quickly and easily as long as your smartphone or other portable devices are working or have service. These two conditions may not be met during an emergency, which is why you need a paper map. Paper maps don’t need a wifi signal or to be charged. Paper maps have a few non-emergency advantages as well. They allow you to see the bigger area around you, which makes it easier to plan a route.

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28. Gas

The likelihood of having no electricity during an emergency or a natural disaster is very high. That means gas pumps won’t be working. If you always keep at least a half tank of gas in your car, you at least have the option of leaving the affected area. Also, you’ll need to have some gasoline in a canister if you have a gas-powered generator.

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29. A change of clothes and shoes

Any emergency situation can get messy or extended. Consider the weather in your area and store an extra set of clothes, including socks, underwear, and shoes you may need. Don’t forget to store some diapers, if needed.

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30. Outlet-free chargers

Cellphones are essential for communication with family and emergency contacts. Having a battery-powered or a solar phone charger will ensure you’ll have access to a charged phone even when the power is out.