Forget the conventional wisdom -- putting a little bit of your hard-earned money under the mattress isn't such a bad idea after all. If you're able to get out of your home in a disaster scenario, you will need greenbacks — not plastic — to pay for things like gas, food and water. When the power goes out, card readers can't operate and ATM machines can't dispense. So, keep some cash on hand [source: American Red Cross].
Author's Note: 10 Must-Have Survival Tools You Probably Already Have
While I'm fortunate to have many of the items on this list already stocked in my apartment, there's one other staple of my survival kit worth mentioning: Buffalo wing sauce. I already use it liberally in order to mask the barely edible concoctions that I come up with in the kitchen. The next time a super storm blows through town, I may have to resort to even less appealing sources of nutrition. At least they'll be buffalo style.
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