If there’s any country that knows a thing or two about surviving natural disasters, it’s Japan. The country has recovered from numerous earthquakes and tsunamis and the recent series of earthquakes in Kyushu have once again highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness. Late last year design firm Nendo partnered with hardware manufacturer Sugita Ace to create this versatile emergency preparedness kit that’s smaller than a standard umbrella.
The team set out to redesign the conventional emergency preparedness kit to create something “that includes the bare minimum necessary for a city-dweller to make it to a place of refuge during an earthquake or other disaster,” explains Oki Sato, the head of Nendo. The result is Minim+Aid, a minimal, 5cm wide tube that is waterproof and acts as a floatation device. But don’t let its size fool you. Inside is a whistle (to alert others of your presence), a radio, raincoat, lantern, drinking water and a first-aid kit.
It’s slim design can be worn over the shoulder, freeing your hands. And it’s also easy to store – “ just leave it in the umbrella stand or hang it from a coat hanger.”