Last-Minute Stockpiling Only Makes Disasters Worse

When a hurricane takes aim at the coast or a blizzard looms in the forecast, something strange comes over us. We swarm into grocery stores, stripping the shelves bare of canned goods and staple foods. Lines stretch all the way around the supermarket, and it’s like Black Friday on the produce aisle, with people arguing… »9/30/15 10:20am9/30/15 10:20am

Earthquake Kits Selling Like Hotcakes After Terrifying New Yorker Story

It’s been more than a week since The New Yorker published a story called The Really Big One, describing how much of the Pacific Northwest will be destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami and scaring the crap out of Americans nationwide. Now, emergency kits are “flying off the shelves.” »7/24/15 9:54am7/24/15 9:54am

The Pentagon Wants to Turn Our Phones Into a Giant Mesh Network

Imagine what would happen if every cell phone tower in the country spontaneously combusted. We’d be in big trouble, which is why the Pentagon is exploring other ways to communicate in the event of an emergency. Chief among them is the idea to connect every cell phone in America with mesh networking technology. »5/08/15 12:20pm5/08/15 12:20pm

How to Choose a Reliable Emergency Radio (and Some Good Ones to Buy)

With luck, you'll never need to rely on an emergency radio, but they're an essential part of any emergency kit. However, not all emergency radios are alike, and buying a reliable one isn't as simple as plucking one from the shelves. Here's what to look for, and some good options for your emergency kit. »9/29/14 1:30pm9/29/14 1:30pm

An Always Charging Flashlight That Could Serve As a Centerpiece

The only thing worse than the power outage that has you reaching for a flashlight in the middle of the night is finding that it too is out of power. But the Trioh is a flashlight you don't have to hide away in a drawer, it's designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful, remaining perpetually charged on its… »8/13/14 10:01am8/13/14 10:01am

The Rise and Fall of the Fireman’s Pole

Imagine this: it's 3:30 in the morning, and you're deep in some pillowy dreamscape. All is calm; all is serene. Then, a piercing alarm whiplashes your senses: you're awake now, scrambling in the darkness with ten equally frazzled men. In a flurry, boots are pulled on, helmets are snatched off shelves, and you're… »8/11/14 12:00pm8/11/14 12:00pm

This Fanny Pack Could Save You From Drowning

Fanny packs fell out of fashion sometime in the mid-1990s, but would you still wear one if it could possibly help save your life? Or, if it meant that when boating or kayaking you didn't have to wear an awkward and uncomfortable vest-style life jacket? Dakine is betting you will with its new unobtrusive waist pack… »8/05/14 7:54pm8/05/14 7:54pm

A Better First Aid Kit That Makes Suggestions and Knows What's Missing

Even a well-stocked first-aid kit is all but useless if you crack it open but have no idea what's actually needed for a particular emergency. So these aptly-named Clever Medkits feature a series of buttons and LED lighting that only illuminates the medical supplies needed for a specific injury, and it will even remind… »7/30/14 1:29pm7/30/14 1:29pm