Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Shelter boxes and other matters
As aid starts moving to help the desperate situation in Japan, one project by Rotary is worthy of attention. This is about Shelterboxes and this is one practical kind of aid to emergency situations. Kits are designed to suit certain environments and issues, but the kits going to Japan include:
• A custom-made shelter tent that fits up to 10 people, designed to withstand extreme temperatures and rain. It even has privacy partitions inside.
• Thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets.
• Water purification system that runs for six months.
• Industrial-grade steel mini stove that can use wood or any other fuel, for heating and cooking.
• Cooking utensils.
• Bowls, mugs, and other containers.
• Toolbox with hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters.
• A children pack with drawing books, crayons and pens, to keep the kids distracted after losing all their toys.
• The heavy duty box can be used to store anything, from food to water.
A couple of bloggers I read occasionally live in Japan. One blog site worth reading at present is Life in the Land of the Rising Sun written by a music teacher. His two most recent posts show what it was like during the past week. A very worthwhile read.