19 Life Hacks You'll Want to Know in a Catastrophe

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Steel Wool Starts Fires. You can use steel wool and a battery to start a fire. Use a few thin strands of steel wool to bridge the battery terminals (+

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You Can Use a Crayon as a Candle. Break the tip off a crayon and light the paper on fire, for a makeshift candle. You can also CAYOI use a can of shor

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You Can Use Your Watch as a Compass. Hold your watch flat and line 12 up I the hour hand with the sun. The point halfway between the hour hand and the

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Tampons Make Good Bandages. In an emergency, a tampon will serve as a bandage. You can split the gauze flat to apply it to a wound, and use the string

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During a Wildfire, Turn On All of Your Lights Before You Evacuate. This makes your house more visible to firefighters. While you're at it, close all y

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If You Can See a Tsunami Wave, You Are Too Close to Escape it. Don't let recession fool you-the water will be back. Head for higher ground.

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If a Blizzard Strands You in Your Car, stay Put Run the engine and heater for 10 minutes each hour, with a downwind window cracked, and periodically c

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Never Take Shelter Under a Bridge or Overpass, During a Tornado. Traffic structures collapse. Either drive to the nearest shelter, or pull over, buckl

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Hang onto those Nylons. You can use pantyhose to filter large particles out of liquids, as a rope or tourniquet, and if your legs are cold, you can pu

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Don't Wear Cotton for Outdoor Activities Like Camping and Hiking. Cotton doesn't stay warm when it's wet. Wet clothes lead to hypothermia, the # kille

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Don't Lie on the Ground to Avoid Getting Struck by Lightning. Being in full contact with the ground gives lightning more access to your body. Instead,

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Aluminum Foil Can Replace Your Whole Kitchen. Use foil to create a moisture barrier to build a fire, to keep your matches dry, and wrap your food in i

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You Can Make Fire Out of Ice. Chip a clear piece of ice into a rough sphere, then smooth it by rolling it between your hands (wearing gloves). That sp

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Put a Few Matches Inside Your Flashlight. They'll stay nice and dry. CRACKEDCON

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Don't Eat Snow to Hydrate Yourself. Eating ice and snow will lower your body temperature in ways you won't like. Instead, melt the snow first. CRACKED

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Close All Doors inside and out) During a Tornado. Homes with open doors or windows are much more likely to be destroyed by high winds. CRACKEDCON

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Don't Stand in the Doorway, in an Earthquake. Doorways are no stronger than any other point in your house. Get under a table and hold on. Or just duck

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You Can Purify Water with Bleach. Not sure if your water's safe to drink! Fill an empty soda bottle with water, add 2 drops of bleach, and let it stan

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Condoms Keep Things Dry. You can store matches and other items you want to keep dry inside a condom. You can also use a condom as a water carrier, a c

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