Though most of LA was spared the burn, this week's been a reminder that SoCal can turn scary at any moment: the ground will shake, the electricity will fail, and you will find yourself cowering in a crude shed. When that happens, make sure you have the Vector Storm Tracker. Originally designed for the tornado'd Middlewest, this generator-cranked, all-in-one tool includes all the electronic equipment you need to survive the Big One, or at least to remain occupied and informed as you waste away in a pile of rubble:
- A flashlight with two functions -- juice-saving fluorescent bright and halogen brighter -- to get you through blackouts, and blacker-outs.
- An AM/FM radio for emergency broadcasts; also provides a sense of normalcy by telling you that traffic remains at a standstill.
- A TV, so the ever-reassuring John Beard can inform you when it's safe to turn on the gas, and fill you in on cute fall accessories for that "I Survived the (Insert Disaster Here)" luncheon.
Should you become exhausted/unable to find your hands, the Storm Tracker also boasts a battery backup -- so you won't have to worry about dying from boredom, only from the man-eating rats squirming into your shed.