Something for Sunday – a case study in extremes: Decadence and Disaster Relief

February 6, 2010 — 1 Comment

The European design house of Hermes and Wally are jointly responsible for this new mega-yacht the ‘WHY’. At one point in the video, the designers talk about how responsible they are be creating this luxury yacht with solar panels on the roof. Wow – solar panels? that is responsible because most other luxury yachts are so wasteful. See the video here

ShelterBox is the only international disaster relief organization that provides shelter and lifesaving equipment after natural and man made disasters. Responding to over 100 disasters in more than 60 countries, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of disaster relief.

The first box in 2000 was sponsored by Rotary, and today is the largest Rotary Club project in the 100 year history of the organization.

What ShelterBox provides is unique and does not duplicate any other aid that is provided. They work with all established relief organizations to enhance and complete the services and supplies that help survivors. In many cases, our boxes have made the difference between life and death.

Contents of the ShelterBox include:

• One 49 gallon box (The ShelterBox) initially the container for delivery of the materials listed below. Once delivered, the box takes an all kinds of uses and can be used as a water tank, food store, table, even a cot.
• One ten-person tent, including two fabric interior privacy partitions, outer fly-sheet and repair kit. These tents are considered ‘winter suitable’ by international relief standards.
• Vinyl insulated sleeping mats and lightweight thermal blankets. More compact than sleeping bags, these mats and blankets have multiple uses. The blanket can also be fashioned to catch water, as a tarp, while the mat also serves as a ground ‘table’ for meals, or tent rugs.
• One pack of 180 water purification tablets or a water purification kit; and one 5 gallon flat-pack water container (Each tablet will purify a full container of water providing 1,800 gallons of clean drinking water which should be sufficient for a family of ten for up to three months).
• Two 2.1 gallon, collapsible, plastic water carriers.
• One collapsible trenching shovel
• Rope, 164 foot
• Repellent-treated mosquito netting
• Ten PVC Ponchos/ ten heavy duty plastic bags
• Tool kit in canvas bag: hatchet, jack-knife, screwdriver, hammer, hoe head.
• Multi-fueled cook stove
• Eating utensils: plates and cups
• Children’s activity kit-simple school supplies, stickers and coloring book.

The contents of the box are under continuous review in order to allow ShelterBox response to disaster around the globe in the most effective way.

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  • bigred

    I can see why the ShelterBox is the Rotary Club’s biggest project; it sounds fantastic! I’m surprised there aren’t more people stockpiling these in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Also, it’s nice to read about something that people are doing to help other people instead of hearing about how extravagantly selfish some people can be. Thanks for the great posts!