When a flash flood strikes, one hardly has the time to pack up and carry essential documents like ID cards, banking cards or passports in a regular bag, which would be essential for them after they survive the emergency. However, the Otter personal disaster pack by designer Benson Lee comes with built-in sealed pockets that can be used to quickly pack up a few essential documents when an emergency occurs.
With a built-in deployable life jacket, the Otter personal disaster pack allows users to survive severe flooding with the two built-in quick sealing storage pockets providing users with a safe and dry space in which they can carry their identification cards, baking documents or even cellphones etc. Since most of these documents are essential in starting life over after the disaster has been safely escaped, they can provide survivors with moral support when they need to rebuild their lives.
The Otter personal disaster pack is made up of three main components with the first being a pouch which contains an inflatable life vest that can be inflated using potassium nitrate and sodium azide. The second component is a frame that allows users to mount different bags or storage devices onto the pack via nylon straps. The third component is a dual compartment dry bag that facilitates quick storage of important personal belongings and features a polycarbonate protective shell that protects against sharp debris. Each of the three components can be inflated to keep the user afloat in case of a flood.
The Otter Personal Disaster Pack is inspired by the backward swimming sea otter and the inflatable safety jacket allows users to preserve their energy while they float in the water. The pack is devised to ensure that the victim’s head stays above the water at all times. The pack also enables clustering of many packs together that helps people form mini groups in the water to prevent them from drifting away individually and makes it easier for rescuers and emergency personnel to spot and rescue them easily.