ShelterBoxes Bound for Japan Show What to Pack for Emergencies

By Jaymi Heimbuch
TreeHugger

ShelterBox is sending kits to Japan to help with relief efforts. The packs are somewhat of a marvel when it comes to efficient packaging — they pack 100 lbs of equipment in just 33 x 24 x 22 inch box. Take a look at what is included, and find out more about the conundrum of packing emergency kits for disasters.

Gizmodo pointed us to the very cool company ShelterBox which has created extraordinarily well-thought out emergency kits. 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.

ShelterBox was there for Haiti, for New Zealand, for numerous disasters over the years, and now it’s here to help Japan. These kits are really cool in how many items of high quality and necessity they can fit into a small box.

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3 responses to “ShelterBoxes Bound for Japan Show What to Pack for Emergencies

  1. Can you tell us how we can purchase a shelter box?

    • it does seem like a good idea for everyone to have this packed away just in case. But this is a charity organization that only ships to disaster areas. They alter what is sent in the box based on the nature of the disaster and what resources are lacking (or are available) in the disaster area.

      my suggestion would be to study the items provided http://www.shelterboxusa.org/about.php?page=9

      and make your own shelterbox

  2. There should be some dehydrated food in those boxes too! Emergency Food Security has vegetarian meals that last up to 15 years. Check ’em out and build your own emergency stash of food so you don’t have to stand in any lines.

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