8 essential items to help you ride out a storm

Apocalypse later.

Doomsday Bunker Gear
Doomsday Bunker GearSam Kaplan

For most of us, an elaborate doomsday bunker is overkill. But, when facing down a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or whatever Mother Nature flings at you, a little preparation can save you from a real-life version of the grocery store frenzy in an end time zombie flick. Start with basics, like a three-day supply of water (ready.gov recommends one gallon per person per day), batteries, and the infinitely versatile duct tape. Then store these other essentials in a waterproof bucket. There—no fighting over Manwich.

For Health

Backpacker Extended First Aid Kit by REI
Backpacker Extended First Aid KitAmazon

A good first-aid kit includes more than just antacids, latex gloves, and Band-Aids. The Backpacker Extended First Aid Kit by REI includes sponges for bleeding, a moldable splint for bone breaks, and a bandage for making a sling. $55

For Sanity

Hoyle Clear waterproof deck
Hoyle Clear waterproof playing cardsAmazon

Step one: Explain to any nearby children what playing cards are. Step two: Enjoy games like Go Fish or Slap Jack with the Hoyle Clear waterproof deck. It will be a welcome distraction once the iPad batteries inevitably give out. $8

For Warmth

SOL Emergency Blanket
SOL Emergency BlanketAmazon

The 7-foot SOL Emergency Blanket uses a shiny-silver aluminum coating to reflect 90 percent of your body heat back to you. Unlike other space blankies, its flip side is bright orange, making you easier to spot in an emergency. $6

For Alerts

WR400 Midland Weather Alert Radio
WR400 Midland Weather Alert RadioAmazon

Listen to tunes or local news on the battery-powered WR400 Midland Weather Alert Radio via the AM/FM bands. It'll automatically interrupt with National Weather Service emergency alerts affecting your county. $58

For Illumination

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
Black Diamond Storm HeadlampAmazon

Don't risk dropping your light. The Black Diamond Storm Headlamp works in 3.3 feet of water, so it'll keep shining in a deluge. The beam reaches over 260 feet, and you can squeeze up to 160 hours of light out of four AAA batteries. $38

For Life

Whistles for Life
Whistles for LifeAmazon

A whistle is the best way to help rescuers find you when things go sideways. The multi-chamber Whistles for Life can reach up to 120 decibels (as loud as a thunderclap). Two side chambers send tones in opposite directions, maximizing range. $7

For Repairs

Gerber Center-Drive
Gerber Center-DriveAmazon

The Gerber Center-Drive's bit driver (one of eight appendages, including pliers and blades) lines up nicely with the device's center, making it easier to hold, and providing better leverage and torque during tough tasks. $90

For Sustenance

Meal Kit Supply MRE
Meal Kit Supply MREAmazon

Each Meal Kit Supply MRE pouch provides a two-course meal that cooks itself. Water triggers a chemical reaction that warms up grub in about 15 minutes. Entrees have a five-year shelf life thanks to a steaming process that kills bacteria. $45 (box of 6)

This article originally appeared in the Extreme Weather issue of Popular Science.