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<p><br></p> <p style="text-align: center;" mce_style="text-align: center;"></p> <p>Survival basics haven't changed drastically in recent decades leading up to Hurricane Irene's rampage up the East Coast, but some technologies have gotten better at keeping humans alive during disasters. A few might even make you feel comfortable while staring at a neighborhood transformed into a post-apocalyptic landscape.</p> <p>Flashlights have morphed into energy-efficient devices that can run longer on batteries or use alternative sources of power. Water purification technology has become more portable for use by even the most non-adventurous individuals. And weather radios tuned to the latest forecasts can now also multi-task by charging smartphones or other gadgets.</p> <p>Here InnovationNewsDaily lists some of its favorite technologies for survival scenarios that we'd want to pack alongside the medical kits, bottled water and canned foods.</p> <p><i>Follow InnovationNewsDaily on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/News_Innovation" mce_href="http://twitter.com/#%21/News_Innovation">@News_Innovation</a>, or on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/InnovationNewsDaily" mce_href="http://www.facebook.com/InnovationNewsDaily">Facebook</a>.</i></p> <p></p>

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<p><br></p> <p style="text-align: center;" mce_style="text-align: center;"></p> <p><b>Lifesaver Bottle 4000 Ultra Filtration Water Bottle</b></p> <p>When the bottled water runs out, a Lifesaver bottle's all-in-one water filtration may come in handy. The water bottle isn't cheap at $150, but it can turn contaminated water filled with bacteria, viruses, parasites and other microbes into clean drinking water. Such a product was developed in response to past natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.</p> <p>The bottle's activated carbon filter is replaceable after treating about 4,000 liters of water. That's enough to provide a little more than two years of use if a person drank about a gallon of water a day the recommended daily requirement. A pre-filter disc screens out gravel, sand, sticks and mud, or acts as a sponge to soak up water from puddles or cracks in rocks.</p> <p></p>

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<p><br></p> <p style="text-align: center;" mce_style="text-align: center;"></p> <p><b>Plumpy'Sup Peanut Paste<br></b></p> <p>Anyone looking to supplement the canned tuna and military MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) might also consider a peanut-heavy paste deployed in famine situations to help stave off malnutrition in children. Called Plumpy'Sup, the peanut butter-style food comes ready to eat in one-day satchets or in a weekly ration-sized tub no refrigeration required.</p> <p>The survival paste, made by Nutriset, also packs a much healthier punch than peanut butter. It contains calories, soy-based protein, minerals and vitamins. But it also includes a sweet taste so that even young children take to it readily.</p> <p></p>

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<p><br></p> <p style="text-align: center;" mce_style="text-align: center;"></p> <p><b>Stink-Free Underwear<br></b></p> <p>An emergency bag can only hold so many pairs of socks and other clothes, but the Japanese may have a solution for anyone who can't stand to face the possible end of the world in dirty underwear. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has developed and tested high-tech undergarments that can ward off foul odors for months.</p> <p>The underwear got its first long-endurance tests with Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata in 2009 during his 4 1/2-month stay aboard the International Space Station. A fellow Japanese astronaut named Naoko Yamazaki also tested the same clothing material during her two-week mission in 2010. Buoyed by the successful space tests, Japan's space agency later sent some of the "space underwear" to 33 trapped miners in Chile.</p> <p></p>

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<p><br></p> <p style="text-align: center;" mce_style="text-align: center;"></p> <p><b>LED Flashlights</b></p> <p>When all other lights go out during Hurricane Irene, most of us will have to make do with a flashlight rather than a magical light gifted to us by an Elf lady who resembles Cate Blanchett. But it doesn't have to be just any flashlight the latest versions replace old incandescent light bulbs with energy-sipping, reliable LED lights. A typical LED flashlight may run for tens of hours on batteries.</p> <p>Anyone nervous about just relying upon batteries can also consider hand crank flashlights or solar-powered versions, as long as they also have a reservoir of patience. Fancier versions may also pack in features such as compasses, whistles, or a radio component.</p> <p></p>

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<p><br></p> <p style="text-align: center;" mce_style="text-align: center;"></p> <p><b>All-in-One Hand Crank Radios</b></p> <p>People need not rely upon just a simple weather radio powered by batteries or a hand-cranked dynamo to stay in touch with the outside world when the storm blows through. The latest models can also do double duty by acting as LED flashlights or reading lights. Some even have USB jacks so that your human sweat can help recharge iPods or smartphones.</p> <p>None of those added features may help if the basic radio functionality is weak, or if the reliability is such that the hand crank breaks off in a few uses. But the best models essentially act as all-in-one devices for keeping up on the latest disaster or emergency information, juicing up the smartphone for emergency calls and finding your way through dark houses.</p>

5 Survival Technologies for a Hurricane Disaster Kit