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7 Must-Have Tools for Your Emergency Kit

Collect all your gear in a waterproof plastic tub and stow it in an easy-to-access spot in your house.

Make sure to include first-aid supplies, three days' worth of bottled water and nonperishable food, and a list of important phone numbers.

1. Duct tape
Use it for on-the-fly repairs and temporary fixes.

$3.50 per roll at home stores
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