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 1. Tornado Safe

The Twister Pod by Survive-a-Storm is a practical above-ground storm shelter for up to four occupants. With a powder-coated finish, curved door, and welded-in seating, this storm shelter is the ideal solution to withstand a EF5 tornado. The Twister Pod Storm is engineered to easy install in an existing garage, carport, or on an outside patio. It has a keyed door, is made from heavy-duty galvanized hardware, and a large vent for ample ventilation.

Product: Twister Pod


Six-feet of interior height

Neutral color

3/16-inch steel

Four feet in diameter

Interior: 75.4 cubic feet, 12.57 square feet

Manufacturer: Survive-a-Storm

MSRP: $2,997.00

2. Simple Chain Saw

The SaberCut chain saw is a simple hand-operated chainsaw that is compact and easy to use. It features a 24-inch flexible steel blade that is coated in black oxide and has the ability to cut through most any wood. The wrist straps are nylon and includes a nylon carry case with a quick clip buckle. The saw can be extended by simply adding rope/paracord to each strap. The saw cuts and clears in both directions, is self cleaning, and can be sharpened with a standard 1/8-inch blade sharpener.

Product: SaberCut Chain Saw


24-in flexible blade

Nylon wrist straps


Weight: 6 ounces

Manufacturer: Ultimate Survival Technologies

MSRP: $16.57

3. Kindling Paracord

Available in black, olive drab or coyote brown, this appears and functions exactly like a regular length of 550 paracord, but the difference is that one of the seven strands of cord inside the sheath is made of jute cord, which is a soft fiber made from vegetables and makes great tinder to help start a fire. Comes in 100-foot lengths.

Product: Jute 550 Cord


Comes in three colors

100-feet length

Manufacturer: JHL Supply

MSRP: $10.99

4. Simple Survival Secrets

Joey Green authors an entertaining and informative book called Last-Minute Survival Secrets, a 240-page collection of DIY tricks and methods that can help solve most emergency problems that crop up in a variety of survival situations using everyday items. Joey showcases a variety of handy and unusual uses for products commonly found in the pantry, garage, and medicine cabinet to assist those in avoiding perilous situations.

Product: Last-Minute Survival Secrets


Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

240 pages

275 color photos

Manufacturer: Chicago Review Press

MSRP: $16.95

5. Trigger Knife Kit

The Trigger is a knife kit that enables kids ages seven and up to build their very own model of a folding lock-back knife. Just like Klecker Knives’ original Nathan’s Knife Kit, this is a great way for adults to teach kids about the functions and safe handling of a folding knife with the safety concerns of a real knife. Kids have fun building it and taking it apart again over and over. You mix colors from two or more kits to make a customized knife.

Product: Trigger Model Knife Kit


Blade: 3.2 inches

Closed Length: 4.2 inches

Open Length: 7.3 inches

Weight: 0.8 ounces

Manufacturer: Klecker Knives

MSRP: $12.95

6. Warm and Bug-Free

Made from 100 percent polyester, the 56 x 74-inch blanket is infused with permethrin that is designed to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas including those that can carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme and malaria. The repellent is odorless and long-lasting as long as you don’t dry clean it (machine wash only).

Product: Insect Shield Outdoor Blanket


100% Polyester

Weight: 18 ounces

Dimensions: 56 x 74 inches

Do not dry clean.

Manufacturer: Insect Shield Int.

MSRP: $29.95

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the January 2015 print issue of American Survival Guide. 

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