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Photo: Olga Enger (Shutterstock) Different regions of the U.S. are prone to different types of natural disasters. While you may already have a basic emergency kit on hand with food, water, and a first aid kit, there are other tools you can—and should—invest in, depending on where you live and the type of natural disaster most likely to strike near you. Tools to have in case of an earthquake Major earthquakes in the U.S. mainly occur along the West Coast and can cause major structural damage—including to utilities. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes and may need to shut off water or gas lines, a shutoff tool is an essential for your emergency kit. If you don’t have one of those, a large, adjustable wrench can work in a pinch. This will fit different sizes of shut-offs, and can come in handy even if the handles are broken. Another important thing to have on hand is a fire extinguisher. Downed power lines and gas main ruptures can cause fires—even small shorts in local electrical service can spark a blaze. Be prepared with an up-to-date, fully charged fire extinguisher . For a more compact option, you can also keep aerosol fire spray on hand. Other tools you should always have are pliers, a good knife, and scissors, all of which are versatile in an emergency. And last on the list is a light source: Most authorities recommend a lantern or flashlight with plenty of batteries, but to […]