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Survival Pod delivers emergency basics

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November 25, 2003

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The Survival Pod is a waterproof shelter, a storage unit for first aid and food supplies, an emergency stretcher, a water purification unit and even a lifeboat in extreme situations. The compact, durable design from Euforia Design was inspired as a response to the devastating and recurring flood situation in Mozambique that leaves hundreds of thousands homeless and bereft of clean water, food and shelter.

During the last major flood in February of 2000, more than 600 people were killed and 14,000 rescued by helicopters and boats. Camps are ill equipped to deal with the requirements for shelter and water quickly becomes contaminated with bacteria and disease such as hepatitis and cholera in these situations.

With these considerations in mind, the Survival Pod was designed cater for all essential survival needs and is constructed from easily made or readily imported low-tech materials, enabling manufacture in Mozambique, or other countries susceptible to flood disaster such as Bangladesh, with benefits flowing to the local economies.

The Survival Pod is made from bright orange (for easy visibility in emergency situations) rotationally moulded polypropylene in two identical halves and the handles are bent segments of extruded aluminium. The rest of the parts including the water filter and intake hose are pre-fabricated and can be attached to the housing using inexpensive brass fixtures.

The units also stacks efficiently to optimise space for mass transportation and can be purchased and supplied by governments or international organizations, and distributed before or during an emergency situation. Euforia Design recently received the Gold Award for Design Explorations in The Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2003 for the Survival Pod.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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