10 Home Tools That Will Be in High Demand After a Major Disaster

When planning for disasters, it’s important to have the right tools on hand before it occurs. Local store shelves will be cleaned out in a matter of minutes. Even after large snow storms, you find your local grocery store more empty than usual. Remember to stow away these ten items so that you won’t have to face off with mobs at the hardware store to get them.


Keep the juice on at your house by maintaining a backup generator. Most generators run on gasoline or diesel fuel, which must be stockpiled beforehand.

Water Purifier

Water lines may be disrupted during natural disasters. Most rivers and lakes have bacteria that is extremely harmful to your digestive system and could be potentially fatal. A water purifier will allow you to obtain drinkable water from natural bodies of water or by collecting and filtering rain water.


When you do not wish to expend generator fuel just for light, it helps to have a small lantern handy. Electric lanterns are cheap, but make sure to stock up on batteries. Likewise, stash away plenty of fuel canisters if you choose a propane lantern.

Camp Stove

Many preppers stash away tons of canned and dried foods but neglect to equip themselves with any cooking equipment. A camp stove can fold up for easy storage and run on small cans of fuel.


Tarps are one of the most versatile emergency supplies. They can be used to temporarily patch damaged walls or windows, or they can be made into shelters.


A hatchet may be a lifesaver in a disaster. Its most apparent use is chopping wood for fuel. Most hatchets can double as hammers; this could come in handy when boarding up broken windows on your home.

Door Kick Plates

Looters have been known to roam the suburbs during emergencies. Installing door kick plates will make it harder for them to enter your home.


There are a bunch of If the public water system is not working, it may be necessary to dig latrines outside to maintain sanitary surroundings. If your home is not in a liveable condition, a shovel will be required for digging a trench around your improvised shelter to prevent flooding during heavy rain.

Two-Way Radios

Communication with family members is always important, and cellular telephone towers may not be in working condition. Keep a pair of two-way radios on hand to ensure that you can communicate with the members of your household no matter what. There are a good amount of people who are prepared to establish a radio network through a specific type of radio called HAM radio. However to operate the radio requires a bit of expertise.

First-Aid Kit

When emergency services are overwhelmed, you are your own first responder. Purchase the most comprehensive first-aid kit you can find, and learn how to use it.

Most of these tools can be found from different tool outlets like Smede-Son Steel & Building Supply in Detroit or Home Depot. Stock pile your tools soon and be prepared for survival living!

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

6 thoughts on “10 Home Tools That Will Be in High Demand After a Major Disaster

  • October 14, 2014 at 7:34 am

    If at all possible, get a wood stove: Seriously a good investment, burning wood costs way less than propane or oil.

  • August 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Dont forget the benefits of duct tape- if you have nothing else, (and its happened here) , compress and wrap duct tape if it is deep. My husband saved his leg this way affter a chainsaw accident.

  • April 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I would add a chainsaw to that list!

  • April 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Good simple first aid that everyone should know. Even the kiddos!

  • April 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    There are a few things to add that may be of high value when TSHTF: Soap, mouthwash,vitamins, and Sugar of all types. We have our survival prepper home for sale here in Owls Head NY, so it's a bit daunting to think about packing all that stuff (in bulk), but I'll do my best.

  • April 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Door kick plates wouldnt have even crossed my mind.


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