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A Must-Have Item For When Disaster Strikes

Offbeat  (tags: Japan, shelter, personal shaleter, evacuation, natural disaster, Japan, Noah, odd, business )

- 2789 days ago -
HIRATSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture - A tiny local factory here is attracting national attention with a spherical-shaped personal evacuation shelter for use in natural disasters.


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Susanne R (236)
Friday September 30, 2011, 11:33 pm
Considering their geographical location and past history of natural disasters, I'd say that this is a great idea for the people of Japan! It would also provide families with some sense of security knowing that they have a "safety hatch" in the event of another disaster.

Great post! Thanks!

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 7:57 am
Great idea, about time - thanks for sharing Naoko!

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 10:58 am

Christopher Fowler (82)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 1:36 pm
The smart money would be to market them to places like New Orleans and other flood prone areas

S B (1)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 3:53 pm
That's really cool! Thanx Naoko!

Andrea Connelly (94)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 5:27 pm
I wonder how many units were ordered by the Kochs, and were they to be gold plated or that way they would not float?

Janet G (2)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 7:16 pm
Interesting. I wonder how much weight it can carry and still remain floating. Also, people would have to consider being able to carry enough food and water for an extended period of time while waiting for rescue.

But it's got possibilities!

Gloria H (88)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 8:35 pm
Does it come with a litter box?

Rockney V (3)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 8:43 pm
How long would one be able to stay in it ? Is there room for food, water, other human "needs" .. I read the article and these question's were not addressed.
Still, it's a great idea to be safe from the intial impact of a disater

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 12:26 am
It's sad to say but this could become a major seller throughout the world.

reft h (66)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 12:39 am
good idea

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 6:30 am
Sorry, but I see a major design problem for this in the USA. These are simply not designed so that one can 'Kiss ones ass goodbye", given the Repug/Tea Bagged opposition to government particularly government responsibility for citizens when you open the shelter you find no help and can expect no help, unless help is taken away from some one else. After all, the rich and corporations do not need them and the rest of America simply does not matter to the Repug/Tea Bagged obstructionists.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 1:47 pm
Excellent idea

Kate K (215)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 5:07 pm
I think I'm a bit too claustrophobic for that small enclosure.

Kate K (215)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 5:09 pm
i remember my brother started digging out this outdoor cellar we had in the early 60's (Bay of Pigs). It was filled with dirt and I have no idea what this cellar was for but he thought he'd make it into a bomb shelter. needless to say nothing really happened and that was the end of that.

Vicky Locke (3)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 5:10 pm
Wow! I want one! It looks like there's room for my cat and dogs too, but not much room for supplies, so I think I'd need one of the larger models. Great idea!

Patricia W (94)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 7:51 pm
Interesting TY Naoko
Andrea Connelly - let the Kochs have them gold plated. That way they can sink and we'd be rid of them. Then in a thousand years, archeologists can dig them up out of their golden tombs and try to figure them out :) :) :)

Klaus Peters (14)
Sunday October 2, 2011, 11:09 pm
With some more research it could be a hit in disaster areas.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 3, 2011, 2:57 am
The japanese are very inventive and this is such a great way for the designers to find a way to help protect people in the future, and the reason for this seems to be born from someones compassion and concern. Loved reading it, thanks.

Jesica De Beer (2)
Monday October 3, 2011, 4:53 am
Great idea.

DORIS L (61)
Monday October 3, 2011, 10:19 am
I hope that one wouldn't have to spend much time in this tiny room for supplies and bathroom needs are ignored.

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 6:37 pm
Kate Kenner said, "I think I'm a bit too claustrophobic for that small enclosure." So, you would prefer potential bodily harm or death?
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