Tech Tuesday: Disaster Preparedness Gadgets That Could Save Your Life

With all of the natural disasters we've been covering, we wanted to bring you up to speed on the tech that could help save your life in a pinch. So we scoured the web, looking at survivalist, outdoor, and camping websites. Many of the items we have today are Editor's picks or top ten reviewed products. We’ve broken down our roundup into five categories: Power, Lighting, Fire, Communications and Water Filtration. Let’s start with Power.


Yeti 150 and Nomad solar charging panels

Solar powered 10000mAh phone charger

Mercury 27 solar panel


Goal Zero Flashlight w/handcrank- can also recharge a cellphone

30 Day Duro Lantern- Bright and lasts for 30 days on 3 D batteries.


Magnesium matches- Stormproof matches. We dunk them in water and they relight.


Midland ER310 E+READY Emergency NOAA radio w/handcrank

Midland E+READY 26 mile Walkie Talkies- Distance will be hindered by buildings in urban areas but you’ll still get a few miles out of these if you need to go foraging and stay connected to home.

Motorola TALKABOUT T480

Water Filtration

Platypus GravityWorks 4.0L- hydrates large groups of people at 1.75 liters of clean water filtered per minute.

Lifesaver 4000k- This bottle filters out 99.99% of viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites. It doesn’t remove chemical waste like that coming from a nuclear power plant or some other radioactive or chemical source. No filtration devices can do that. Look for the cleanest source of water you can find then filter through this bottle.