Earthquake Equipment – Help for after the “Big One”

September 4, 2008 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

I was listening to a webcast last week on where the chances are that the next big earthquake will strike in Southern California.  This was a science filled webcast and it presented me with very good reasons to do a little research into equipment and technology for after the fact.

The first item I came across are some solar street lights that have a built in seismic sensor that turns them on to full brightness in the event of an event to aid in rescue efforts. Kind of a neat idea.  The full article is here: http://www.metaefficient.com/leds/sharp-introduces-earthquakedetecting-solar-led-streetlights.html Now if I can only convince the city I live in to replace all of our street lights in time or at least the ones that are important to me….

The other items I discovered at designs for portable shelters.  The first is touted as a disaster shelter and is certainly the easier one to set up.

The full post on Greenupgrader.com is here: http://greenupgrader.com/3434/recover-disaster-shelter-by-mathew-malone/

Excerpt: “Quick up, light weight, easily packed, modular shelter for disaster relief made from 100% recyclable Coroplast. Mathew Malone is taking the bull by the horns fresh out of the gate! First year out of Syracuse’s Industrial and Interaction Design Program he already has a blockbuster with his simple accordion shaped emergency shelter intended for medical centers, short term housing, and other relief necessities. The possibilities are endless.”

The other is certainly cooler looking and is called the Urban Nomad Shelter and is a project designed at providing easily transportable shelters for the homeless.   A pretty cool slide show about the project is here: http://electroland.net/projects/urbannomad

So make sure to pack your emergency supplies, your first aid kit and all of those other items on your list and I hope that we all never have to use these items!

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