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.