Homestead Technology for Disaster Preparedness

Add these dynamic tools to your emergency tool kit — they’ll boost camping trips and come in handy during catastrophes.

December 2017/January 2018
By Liam Kivirist

A growing lineup of technology can help you tackle the challenges of survival in extreme environments, from power outages to homestead disasters to camping out in the wilderness.

At the Consumer Electronics Show this past January in Las Vegas, I discovered BioLite’s CampStove 2; the URB-E Sport electric vehicle; LuminAID’s PackLite Nova USB; and Power Practical’s Luminoodle Light Rope. Since then, I’ve tested other tech that’s designed to upgrade and secure homesteads, such as my family’s homestead in southern Wisconsin, where we operate Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast. The tech I tested includes the Solavore Sport Solar Oven, the Blink wireless security camera system, the LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger, and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ drone.

“Be prepared” is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America, and on our latest campout at the Blackhawk Memorial County Park near Woodford, Wisconsin, my family and troop put some of the tech gear in our emergency tool kit to the test. As many homesteaders, preppers, and campers know, just because you have the gear doesn’t mean you can deploy it in an emergency. But getting some practice using the gadgets in the field — without the need to refer to instructions or product guides — is essential.



We were also at the park to experience the living history of a 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. Hosted by the Yellowstone Flint & Cap Club, the Bloody Lake Rendezvous is held annually during the first week in May, and we’re there every year. Many other such events occur around the country, during which blacksmithing, trading, and knife-throwing skills are shared freely by enthusiastic campers.




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