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Given the recent devastation in the USA and before that following the Tsunami, I had the idea that we could make lifepods for use on land. Each unit could be airdropped in their hundreds as a package which would self inflate when operated. A transponder beacon would be set off when the unit is activated. The units would have the ability to be connected together (simply by velcro strips) and designed in a simple cube shape with a brightly coloured sloping roof, the colour would allow identification from a distance when a number of them had been connected the sloping roof would collect rainwater and condensate water for drinking.
Internally the "pods" would contain medical supplies and dried foodstuffs for 2 weeks and laptop style slim batteries which would be powered by solar panels supplied for rigging from the roof and slow release battery as used in wind up radios for additional emergency use. If a small cooker, heater, lamp and radio were included it would give people a chance to keep themselves safe, warm and fed for a number of days before the authorities could fully respond. In addition if survivors knew to head for these brightly coloured shelters aid could be concentrated in these areas.