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WaterBOB Emergency bathtub water storage system

Instead of simply filling a bath tub with an emergency supply of water, which quickly would become germy and undrinkable, you can put this 65-gallon, food-grade plastic bladder in the tub and fill it with water. The bladder keeps airborne particles and contaminants out, and keeps water safe for drinking, brushing teeth, bathing and cleaning, as well as flushing. A siphon is included so you can pump out as much water as you need when you need it. ($29.95 at waterbob.com)

Emergency preparedness gift guide

Recent events no doubt have made us keenly aware of the importance of being prepared. In the wake of superstorm Sandy, many of us were left without power or heat, and some tragically without homes. So this year, if you really love someone, you might consider giving him or her the gift of warmth, light or safety. They'll thank you now, and likely bless you later. (Items that may be sold out now because of recent high demand are either expected to be restocked or can be ordered for receipt in time for the holidays.) -- Jessica Damiano

Eton American Red Cross Solar Link FRX3 This
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Eton American Red Cross Solar Link FRX3

This emergency weather radio givesyou 24-hour access to special location-based weather alerts, warnings and forecasts from the National Weather Service that aren't broadcast on AM/FM radios. It also carries AM, FM and shortwave. Features include an alarm clock, LED flashlight, USB port, headphone jack, glow-in-the-dark locator and built-in smart-phone charger. Can be powered by crank, battery or solar energy. Available in red or black. ($60 at Best Buy stores, amazon.com and cabelas.com)

Generac generator GP5500-5939 A Consumer Reports Best Buy,
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Generac generator GP5500-5939

A Consumer Reports Best Buy, this gasoline-powered portable generator packs 5,500 watts, enough to power a refrigerator, heating system, television, a computer plus a few lamps in the event of a blackout. It starts with a pull cord and features low-oil shut-down to prevent engine damage, wheels for transportability, a 7.2-gallon fuel tank and fuel gauge, muffled engine noise for quieter operation, and comes with a starter bottle of engine oil. ($817.50 at Grainger, 1 Park Dr., Melville, 631-391-3030, and $849.99 at northerntool.com)

L.L.Bean Crank Mini Flashlight One minute of cranking
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L.L.Bean Crank Mini Flashlight

One minute of cranking gets about 20 minutes of light from three bright LED bulbs that never need replacing. The crank arm recesses into the unit when not in use. Measures 3 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 inches and is available in red, silver and high-visibility yellow. ($17.95 for one; $14.95 each for two or more at llbean.com)

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Lifeline One person, two day, 20-piece emergency preparedness
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Lifeline One person, two day, 20-piece emergency preparedness kit

Designed to supply emergency supplies to last two days, this red zippered bag is packed with one emergency food bar, eight packets of drinking water, a poncho, an emergency blanket, two hand-warmer packets, a glow stick, a whistle, a "Call 911" flag, a dust mask, waterproof matches and a manual can opener. ($30 at REI, 144 Glen Cove Rd., Carle Place, 516-873-8540, and rei.com)

Coleman PowerPack One-Burner Stove With a 3.25-inch, 7,500
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Coleman PowerPack One-Burner Stove

With a 3.25-inch, 7,500 BTU burner and a fully adjustable flame, this propane-powered camp stove can accommodate up to a 12-inch pot. It's easy to use and clean, has a wide base for stability and has a pressure-regulated propane delivery system to prevent flaring or flickering. Requires a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder, sold separately at hardware and big box stores for about $3. ($34.86 at Walmart stores and Walmart.com)

CyberPower Power Inverter This handy gadget converts your
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CyberPower Power Inverter

This handy gadget converts your vehicle's DC power to AC power, enabling on-the-go (or driveway) use and charging of electronics that have standard AC plugs. Just plug it into a cigarette lighter and then plug gadgets into it as you would into a wall outlet. There's also a USB port for charging and using items that otherwise would only plug into computers. With 200 watts of power, it can handle any of a range of electronics, including a cell phone, MP3 player, video game console or digital camera. You can even use it on a boat or RV to power a laptop computer, printer, handheld vacuum, sewing machine, food slicer or slow cooker. ($46.99 at Best Buy and bestbuy.com)

WaterBOB Emergency bathtub water storage system Instead of
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WaterBOB Emergency bathtub water storage system

Instead of simply filling a bath tub with an emergency supply of water, which quickly would become germy and undrinkable, you can put this 65-gallon, food-grade plastic bladder in the tub and fill it with water. The bladder keeps airborne particles and contaminants out, and keeps water safe for drinking, brushing teeth, bathing and cleaning, as well as flushing. A siphon is included so you can pump out as much water as you need when you need it. ($29.95 at waterbob.com)

Craftsman Wet-Dry Vac No. 17762 With a 20-gallon
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Craftsman Wet-Dry Vac No. 17762

With a 20-gallon capacity and 6.5 peak horsepower, this easy-to-use vacuum provides excellent suction. Features include a hose-locking mechanism, eight accessories, a 7-foot hose, an extra long 20-foot cord and a large drain for easy emptying. ($109.99 at Sears stores and online at sears.com)

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Physicians Care 189-piece First Aid Kit for up
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Physicians Care 189-piece First Aid Kit for up to ten people

Although labeled to contain supplies for up to 10 people, this kit is sized ideally for families. The durable plastic case has a weather-proof seal and contains 20 alcohol pads, 18 antiseptic towelettes, one instant cold pack, 10 finger splints, one triangular bandage, six antibiotic packets, six burn cream packets, 117 adhesive bandages in three sizes, one rolled gauze, four gauze pads, one absorbent pad, one first aid tape roll, four latex gloves, one ibuprofen packet, a pair of scissors, plastic tweezers and a first aid guide. ($10.95 at physicianscarefirstaid.com)

Five-gallon Plastic Gas Can Even when one has
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Five-gallon Plastic Gas Can

Even when one has a generator, it's absolutely useless without gasoline, which can't be transported in just any container. Look for one that's spill proof and has a flexible spout. ($15-$20 at Lowe's, The Home Depot, most gas stations and independent hardware stores.)

iPAL The iPAL is a portable, battery-operated AM/FM

iPAL

The iPAL is a portable, battery-operated AM/FM radio that also functions as a full-range speaker for an MP3 player. Requires one rechargeable NiMH battery. ($219.95, cb2.com)

Luminara Flameless Pillar Candle The Luminara Flameless Pillar

Luminara Flameless Pillar Candle The Luminara Flameless Pillar Candle with Timer uses two D batteries to create a random flicker that casts a light similar to a real flame. It has a built-in timer that will illuminate for up to five hours. ($39, qvc.com)

6 in 1 Home and Auto Safety Tool

6 in 1 Home and Auto Safety Tool

Made by Fuji, it runs on two AA batteries to offer an emergency light that blinks red, an LED flashlight, an LED work light, a window breaker (which can be used inside the home) and a magnet. ($9.99, jacks99world.com)

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Coleman All-in-One Portable Sink The Coleman All-in-One Portable

Coleman All-in-One Portable Sink

The Coleman All-in-One Portable Sink can assist you when you don't have running water and need to wash your hands, clean dishes or rinse fruit and vegetables. The unit features a 2.5-gallon water container with a 4D-battery pump, two 1.25-gallon wash basins, an on/off nozzle and drying rack that can also serve as a strainer. ($37.98, walmart.com)

Rowenta's Delta Force Stick Vacuum This cordless, bagless

Rowenta's Delta Force Stick Vacuum

This cordless, bagless vacuum features an Energy Star-certified 18-volt battery that runs for 40 minutes per single charge. The vacuum picks up 99 percent of dust on hardwood floors. The item comes in an assortment of colors, including black, pearl, copper red and intense blue. ($179.99, rowenta.com)

AeroBed Luxury Pillowtop Inflatable Bed When you are

AeroBed Luxury Pillowtop Inflatable Bed

When you are having guests and need a spare bed, the AeroBed Luxury Pillowtop Inflatable Bed features a built-in pump that inflates and deflates with a one-touch control, seven preset memory settings and a comfort control wand that gives the user a choice of mattress firmness or softness. The bed is also compact and rolls up for easy storage. ($249.99 for queen, $199.99 for full, $149.99 for twin; bedbathandbeyond.com)

Ampro 2 LED Emergency Cell Phone Charger with

Ampro 2 LED Emergency Cell Phone Charger with 2 LED Flashlight

This device serves a dual function: It's both a flashlight and cellphone charger, which comes with a mini USB, works with various brands, including Motorola, BlackBerry, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Palm. ($10.99, vine.com)

Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme Area Lantern A waterproof lamp

Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme Area Lantern

A waterproof lamp that lights up to a 50-foot radius, It features two settings — high and low. The dual 9-watt fluorescent U-tube bulbs are powered by eight D batteries and provide 14 hours of light on the high mode and up to 30 hours on the energy saver mode. ($29.99, amazon.com)

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Novatel Wireless MiFi The Novatel Wireless MiFi uses

Novatel Wireless MiFi

The Novatel Wireless MiFi uses cell signals from carriers Verizon and AT&T to give Internet connectivity. Using a rechargeable battery with a 10- to 12-hour life, it is able to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi devices — including cellphones, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. The Novatel Wireless MiFi Liberate (available through AT&T) is $49.99 a month with a two-year contract. The Verizon Wireless MiFi 4620L by Novatel Wireless (available through Verizon) is $49.99 a month with a two-year contract. To buy outright, the price is $269.99, with charges incurred only for use.

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