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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.

7. Pack an emergency preparedness kit for your pet.

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.

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.