Consider including pliers, gloves and rope in your tool kit.
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Some of the tools you should consider carrying include roofing nails, framing and ball-peen hammers, a hatchet, wrenches, pliers, gloves and rope.

Your disaster tool kit is not only portable but versatile, too! Here are some ways to maximize your tool kit as well as some chores you’ll be able to tackle, whether you’re bugging out or sheltering in place.

1. Make your kit portable. Use an old backpack frame with a dry box attached to it for tool storage. You can attach your saw and hammer to the outside of the frame for easy access.

2. Use recycled plastic peanut butter or nut jars to store nails, washers, screws or bolts. These will keep the contents dry and rust free.

3. You can build a quick or temporary lean-to shelter using your kit’s tarps and rope. This simple shelter will keep you and your equipment dry and out of the wind. Use the hatchet and bow saw to clear the site and provide firewood.

4. You can make a quick emergency repair on a missing or blown-out windowpane. Use the T50 staple gun to attach a piece of the plastic sheeting over the opening. Before attaching the sheeting, use the framing hammer to push out any remaining shards of glass. Be sure to wear your gloves and safety glasses.

5. During a disaster, it is common for water pipes to break and flood your dwelling. Using your 10-inch adjustable wrench, you can turn the shut-off valve inside your house. If your house does not have one, the water can also be shut off at the meter. Use your pliers to open the meter lid and then, using the 10-inch wrench, shut the water off at the meter.

This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Fall 2015 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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