Preparation ahead of time is essential in keeping your family and you safe. While it’s important to have jugs of water, a working generator and batteries for flashlights, here are some gadgets to consider adding to your supplies.

STORE FRESH WATER | This WaterBob containment system holds up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in a standard bathtub in the event of an emergency. Don’t wait in line for gallons or jugs, and don’t be without water during a storm. Simply lay the liner in any standard tub, attach the fill sock to the faucet and fill the bladder to capacity. It’s a heavy-duty, food-grade plastic that is BPA-free. $34.95.

LIGHT IT UP | When the lights go out, these lights come on. Your path will be illuminated by this super handy power failure light and emergency flashlights combo.  Keep the rechargeable power outage light plugged in around your home. A fully charged unit lasts for 7 hours, a necessity for blackouts, storms, natural disasters and tripped breakers. Ideal emergency lighting, be storm and hurricane prepared with these practical emergency plug in flashlights. $54.98.

STAY ORGANIZED | Keep everything the kids need inside the foldable container safety as you travel. Your children couldn’t be happier or you more relaxed! This storage organizer has eight different compartments including two large main areas, one zippered pocket to safely hold the essentials and additional outer pockets, plus four built-in cup/bottle holders. $22.97

PHONE POWER, RADIO ALL IN ONE | A must-have for an emergency: Keep your household prepared with this RunningSnail AM/FM & NOAA weather alert radio, table lamp and LED flashlight and power bank to charge phones. There’s multiple ways to charge this gadget, with hand crank, solar charging and 3 AAA batteries (not included). Stay connected and powered. $35

RELIABLE CORD | Great for plugging into generators, this DuroMax 100-foot power cord features lighted ends for easy hookup of power and to know when the cord is plugged in to the power source. The power cord has a heavy-duty durable jacket that insulates and protects the cord while resisting moisture, abrasion and harmful UV rays. $109.99.

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Jim McCarthy believes in community reporting, giving back and life on the water. A workout fanatic, diver and a bogey-golfer, Jim loves chicken wings, Marvel movies and sports.