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Hurricane Irene Survivors Could Find Shelter In LifeCube

Hurricane Irene Survivors Could Find Shelter In LifeCube

 

The most pressing need for those whose homes have been destroyed by a natural disaster is secure shelter. Unfortunately, disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake that devastated Haiti prove that constructing safe, comfortable shelters for displaced families can be difficult, costly and sometimes wasteful.

Storms like the one currently bearing down on the U.S. East Coast are exactly why life-long builder/inventor, Michael Conner decided to put his talents to work designing a rugged, reliable shelter that can be erected with minimal effort or preparation.

What Conner came up with is LifeCube: a structure that combines the the cost/logistical advantages of the standard canvas tent and the utility of a trailer, with the speed and expandability of breakthrough inflatable technology. LifeCube is the only 144 square foot shelter that can be deployed by 2 people within 5 minutes.

Within the self-contained shipping cube are sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses, First Aid kit, propane cook top, dining utensils, tools, a water filtration device and food and water supplies.

Multiple doorways allow separate units to be zipped and clustered together to accommodate families and large groups. Life Cube’s patented structural beam design will withstand 50 mph sustained winds, and its air-tight design ensures that additional inflation is never needed.

The LifeCube has already been made available to the Red Cross, as well as military and community organizations where it can be used to sustain life in adverse environments. Whether it will come into play as communities begin to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Irene remains to be seen.

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2:04AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

This sounds like a good idea...if you need it during the END of hurricane season. If these had been available to people here in Florida after hurricane Charley hit us in 2004, it would have blown away when hurricane Frances hit within the month. If it was put up after Frances, it would have been history after Ivan hit...then Jeanne. Well, you get the idea. It's great for areas that don't NORMALLY get a lot of high-wind storms, but it isn't feasible in the case of multiple hurricanes. I'll take a trailer over a LifeCube;-p

6:38PM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

These sound like something everyone needs. I hope that they are affordable.

11:58AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

This is a great idea - an families can prepare for emergencies like this by having similar tents to bring with them during evacuation. Many who evacuated the Texas coast were without access to housing, as the hotels filled up very quickly.

Add to this some information on hygiene - possibly using the sort of trick and tips used by campers who have to appropriately dispose of their bodily wastes in the wilderness or pack it out - and temporary tent cities can be healthier places.

3:59AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

The man that kept walking back and forth, behind the wall, looked like a rodent. Very distracting at first. Unfortunately, the video froze in the last 5 minutes. Did they show it in action?

2:39AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

A lot cheaper than the trailers used for Hurricane Katrina.

1:31AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Thanks for posting.

1:22AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

VERY smart and useful!

12:11AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Cool - hope to see these help.

10:24PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Very cool. I want one for my earthquake survival kit! Pretty sure that they are not so
affordable.

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