Every year, natural calamities starting with floods to cyclones and earthquakes, take millions of lives, decimating entire cities and villages along the way. The human civilization has been trying to keep up with nature for centuries.
The Survival Capsule is a reinforced spherical ball that’s designed to protect against tsunami events, tornadoes, earthquakes, and heavy storms – yet another attempt at bypassing nature’s forces.
The sphere, designed by a team of experienced aerospace engineers, is said to have been tested in extreme conditions resembling those during calamities and can withstand the initial impact of a natural disaster, as well as sharp object penetration, heat exposure, blunt object impact, and rapid deceleration.
Unlike most community-wide disaster management initiatives such as safe houses, this capsule allows individual groups and families to be more in control of their survival in an emergency situation. Currently, the company has 5 different models available and planned for manufacture seating from 2-10 adults. The smaller capsules are suitable for private dwellings and family homes. The larger capsules are designed for municipal buildings, businesses, hospitals, airports, schools and general public safe havens.
Survival Capsules come with a list of basic or standard features, with provision for adding a number of optional features for increased comfort.
Basic features include 4-strap-harness safety seating, storage spaces sufficient for 5 days’ worth of supplies, water storage, basic internal light, GPS, air supply tanks for every occupant, solid, watertight Marine Doors and windows.
On extra payment, buyers can get additional features such as surround sound music system, additional storage, multiple capsule stacking system, dry powder seat toilet, solar panel array and more.
In such a new market, no standards or regulations exist to ensure the safety of such devices. This means that there are more people opposing the use of these structures than those in favor.
Chuck Wallace, emergency management director for Grays Harbor County on the Washington coast, vehemently talks against the technology: "What if you get stuck under debris, or something tears it and it leaks?" "You're just not going to convince me they're safe."
There are however others who are looking at how these pods could, in reality, be the answer to saving more lives during a natural disaster. While getting to high ground should be the very first instinct during a flood or a cyclone, the feat is particularly difficult if not impossible for the elderly and the disabled. The Survival Capsule could potential save these individuals a lot of trouble by simply giving them more time to get to a safe area.