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By Lee Bellinger / February 14, 2014

Handy Preparedness Items You’ve Probably Overlooked

When you make the commitment to being prepared for whatever the world might throw at you, including natural disasters and social breakdowns, it’s only natural to acquire a variety of tools that could come in useful during such situations.

Some basic tools you might have as part of your preparations probably include things like a well-stocked toolbox, several rolls of duct tape, and a utility knife. You probably have a top-of-the-line first aid kit, a well-planned food reserve, and a water storage system.

Today’s article is for people who’ve covered the basics, and are ready to do a little advanced prepping.

These items can be very useful in a variety of situations, but don’t often make it onto the standard prepper’s checklist.

Ten Tools for Advanced Preppers

One of things I underscore in this newsletter is practical prepping. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to prepare for an apocalyptic scenario if you still aren’t ready to deal with likely-to-happen events like a flood or a storm.

In most not-the-end-of-the-world, but what-a-pain-in-the-backside scenarios, you’ll find yourself doing a lot of clean up. Clean up in your home. Clean up in your yard. Clean up in your neighborhood.

To stay healthy and safe while you’re helping to cut and haul debris or to rebuild damaged structures, you’ll need a dust mask. A surgical mask won’t cut it. For this type of work, the way to protect your lungs is with a mask designed specifically for the job. Look for masks with a “N95” rating printed on the packaging, and be sure to wear them when you’re doing after-disaster clean up.

In just about any disaster situation, you’re going to find yourself working with your hands. It may seem like a no-brainer, but you won’t believe how many preppers I’ve talked to who don’t have at least two pairs of good work gloves in their prep kit.

The situations where a pair of work gloves will come in handy is practically endless, so if you’ve overlooked this item, make sure you fix that oversight right away.

Another must-have item if you’re going to be doing clean up work—especially if you’re cutting away debris—is a good pair of safety glasses. In the aftermath of a disaster, getting injured carries extra risks. The healthcare system is usually working at capacity, which can mean delays in treatment. Don’t run the risk of losing an eye. Safety glasses are an affordable and effective way to protect yourself.

Imagine for a moment that the power is out, that your home is flooded, and that even doing simple chores like the laundry has become an ordeal. The simple fact is that after a disaster, before power and water services are restored—a process that can take weeks, life still goes on. You still have to get food on the table, maintain your personal hygiene, and clean up around the house. Keeping a clothes line and pins handy can at least help you solve the laundry problem. And clothespins are great multi-taskers – you can use them anywhere you need to hold two or more items together.

Another handy item that may not have made into your stores is super glue or gorilla glue. These super-sticky substances can help you with improvised repairs.

If you haven’t got a roll or two of plastic sheeting, you aren’t really prepared for any disaster that involves high winds and water. Plastic sheeting can help you protect a damaged house from the weather, post-disaster. It can line a container to provide you with a makeshift rain catch—invaluable if water service is down. In short, even when circumstances are less than ideal, you can turn to plastic sheeting to safeguard anything that needs protection from water.

And as a bonus, plastic sheeting can help you create a safe room in the event of biological or nuclear attack.

Cars are often among the first things back up and moving after a disaster or an attack. As long as you have gas to put in the tank, chances are that your car will still be road worthy. That can be a huge help in and of itself, but with a dc-to-ac adapter for your car’s cigarette lighter, not only will you have a way to get from one place to another, you can charge up your cell phone or your laptop while you’re at it. Good communication is critical. The dc-to-ac adapter may be the only thing that gives you a connection to the outside world.

If you’re short on gas and need to get somewhere, a siphon hose can be a lifesaver. During power outages, most gas stations are out of commission. With a siphon hose, you can consolidate the gas in your different vehicles into a single tank, giving you a greater range of travel.

Disasters don’t necessarily happen during the day. And the aftermath certainly doesn’t quit at night. I’ve recommended that you keep flashlights and batteries handy and in a place where you know to find them. Add to that a headlamp. This will give you hands-free light for when you need to do anything after dark from bandaging a wound to fixing a lock.

Finally, it’s a little high tech, but consider adding a cell signal booster to your prepping kit. During a disaster, cell phone service can be sketchy. Having a signal booster gives you a better chance of getting word out to loved ones about your situation and to finding out more about what’s going on.

I can guarantee that very few preppers have all ten of these easily overlooked tools in their prepper’s kit, so if you’re missing one or two (or three or four), don’t feel bad. But do add them as soon as possible. They can be real lifesavers during everyday disasters and major breakdowns alike.

P.S. — Sending you this valuable free research is the least I can do. It is my way of thanking you for hearing me out on a subject of importance to your family. The more people who help themselves, the safer we will all be.

The ranks of like-minded Americans who are quietly creating a home food reserve are growing. And they’re enjoying a sweet tax-free financial gain to boot. It’s easier than you think. I’ll show you how.