Technology for Disaster Preparedness


| 5/29/2017 12:23:00 AM


Tags: disaster preparedness, green technology, camping, survival, solar power, energy efficiency, lighting, campfires, Wisconsin, Liam Kivirist,

BioLite LR Woodstove

From surviving power outages on the homestead to transforming the "camping experience" in the wilderness far away from the trappings of modern life, we discovered a growing lineup of technology that tackles the challenges of off-grid survival in sometimes extreme environments or during catastrophic events.

A few of my family's many favorites include BioLite's latest CampStove 2, LuminAID's PackLite 16, and Power Practical's Luminoodle Light Rope — all featured at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, that I attended this past January in Las Vegas.

In the coming months, I'll profile a few others, like some great portable solar power options or surveillance gadgets. For many meals, we cook with the sun with our Solarvore Sport Sun Oven and All American Sun Oven. Turns out, some technology doesn't have to cost a fortune.

"Be Prepared" is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America and on our latest campout at the Black Hawk Memorial Park near Woodford, Wisconsin, my family and troop put some of our tech gear to the test. As many preppers, homesteaders, and campers know, just because you have the gear doesn't mean you can deploy it in an emergency, or during The Long Emergency. Getting some practice using the gadgets in the field — without the need to refer to instructions or product guides in hand — is essential.

We were also there to experience the living history of the pre-1840s re-enactment camp known as the Bloody Lake Rendezvous, itself a stomping ground for those eager to put into practice survival skills, primitive camping, cooking with fire, and tomahawk throwing.




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