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Storm Catchers Tsunami Survival Pod

The Team Storm Catchers presentation for the 2013-2014 FLL Nature's Fury Challenge, detailing the problems caused by tsunamis and outlining their innovative solution: the Survival Pod
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Alex Zhang

on 1 February 2014

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Transcript of Storm Catchers Tsunami Survival Pod

Tsunamis?
What are
Massive waves of water that can wipe out communities, destroy lives property
Caused by seismic waves, landslides, eruptions, meteorite impacts, and numerous other causes
Average yearly casualties: 7,916
Problems?
What are the
People who cannot evacuate have no escape from drowning or being battered and swept away
Little warning, as tsunamis cannot be predicted
Lack of tsunami education, inconsistent standards, and no inundation mapping hinder existing solutions from being implemented
The vast majority of communities are not designed for tsunami resilience and do not have safe places to go
Our Solution
The Survival Pod
A capsule designed to allow two people to weather a tsunami and secure their rescue if they cannot evacuate
Structure
Equipment
Orange reinforced fiberglass for visibility and protection
Round shape to deflect wind and waves
6-8 feet in diameter
Hooks and holes to retrieve capsule after disaster (see model)
Floats in water, portable, and stays in the same location
Useful very quickly, available to anyone
~$6000 for manufacture
Dual seats, room for pets if only one user
Seat belts to secure users of capsules
Flotation bladder on top
Storage for supplies underneath seats
Location and signaling equipment, radio
Food and water, First Aid Kit for injuries
Know?
How do others
We have generated interest around this concept in social media (Facebook, Twitter)
We have shared this invention online at our team website (www.stormcatchers.x10.mx)
We have presented this to the 8th grade class of Princeton Public Schools, NJ
We have shared it with friends and family, including one at the US embassy in the Philippines.
Sources Cited
Thank You
We thank Professor Synolakis, Director of the Tsunami Research Center, for his help and time; and Mr. Zhao, our coach, for his support and dedication for the team
Bernard, E.N., H.O. Mofjeld, V. Titov, C.E. Synolakis, and F.I. González. "Tsunami: Scientific Frontiers, Mitigation, Forecasting and Policy Implications." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 364.1845 (2006): 1989-2007. Print.
Eisner, Richard. Designing for Tsunamis. N.p.: National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, 2001. Print
"Tsunamis." National Geographic. National Geographic, 24 May 2013. Web. 09 Jan. 2014..
"Tsunamis." Ready.gov. FEMA, 2 Dec. 2013. Web. 09 Jan. 2014.
www.stormcatchers.x10.mx
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