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21 DIY Emergency Preparedness Hacks

Hurricane Sandy is here. How many everlasting Crisco candles have you got on hand?

1. Strap a headlamp onto a water jug to make a light.

2. Make a candle out of Crisco.

3. Or out of olive oil.

4. Stock up on batteries and keep them organized and protected from water damage.

5. Convert AAA batteries to AA batteries with tin foil.

6. Coat windows with vinegar-water solution to hinder frost.

Use a solution of three parts white distilled vinegar to one part water.

7. Pack an emergency preparedness kit for your pet.

Include a towel, food, water, an extra food dish, a leash, a toy, and any medicine.

8. Protect important documents.

9. This includes a list of phone numbers that you might not have memorized anymore because of cell phones.

10. Store matches in a mason jar with a strikable lid.

11. Make an electricity-free refrigerator.

12. Keep flashlights in smart places.

13. Make sandwich bread in a tin can.

14. Make a freezer-fail detector.

It can be hard to know if your power went out while you were on vacation. If it did, your food might not be safe. Fill a jar halfway with water then freeze on its side. Put the jar upright before you leave and take note if the water has melted and refrozen to find out.

15. Learn how to properly deal with human waste when you lose water.

16. Make firestarter balls out of dryer lint and petroleum jelly.

17. Build a tiny stove out of tin cans.

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18. Keep 100 gallons of clean water in your tub with a WaterBob.

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19. Know what needs to take up space in your fridge and what doesn't.

20. Learn How to Use the Internet When the Internet Is Gone

21. Hide an emergency supply of chocolate in your storm kit.