Relief Pod Extreme Storage

Relief Pod Extreme Storage

The Relief Pod is a multi-purpose container primarily intended for professional disaster response efforts. It is a rigid polymer shell roughly the length and width of a stretcher and a bit over a foot high.  (87″ x 29″ x 14″ or  221 x 74 x  36 cm)   They state that you can store 6 days worth of emergency supplies for 12 people in one Relief Pod.

It has padded aluminum carrying poles that run the entire length but also retract flush at each end.  There are multiple molded hand grab/lash down openings around the edges.  It has wheels on one end so it can also be moved about like a wheelbarrow.   The top surface is padded with closed cell foam for use as a bench, cot or stretcher and there are 4 webbing straps to secure either the patient or to lash down other items.  There is a mesh panel pocket on one end for quick access to small items.

You open and close the Relief Pod with wing turn latches and end up with 2 ~44 inch long halves.   By using this geometry, the Relief Pod is much more rigid and less likely to leak.   In fact, there is a gasket at that seam as well as a pressure equalization valve so you can open it should the pressure drop inside.   It also has a water valve at one end so you can use it as a water storage container

And yes, it floats.  On ReliefPod.com there are pictures of several Relief Pods (RP) tied together and used as a raft.   An empty RP weighs about 70 pounds (32kg) and has about 1000 pounds (450kg) of buoyancy.  Be warned – should you use the RP as a camp bed near a body of water, your mates may prank you by carrying you upon the RP down to the water and setting you adrift.   If this were the movies, you’d awake in the middle of a beautiful lake and then tip over and awake with a huge splash.  So chain it to an immovable object before going beddy bye or risk going on a 3 hour tour.  By illogical extension, how about grabbing a paddle and racing your RP?  Shoot the rapids?  Catch some tasty waves? Take on Niagara Falls?  Sled down Everest?

Seriously though, picture this – 2 RP halves, stocked with camping or emergency supplies and stacked on top of each other in your garage.  (Full RPs also nest/stack)   When you need that smaller version of your stuff, you load the RPs and Thunderbirds are Go.  If you need more than one, be informed that RPs come in different colors and you can stack assembled RPs 4 high. A promising accessory in development are rigid end cover panels so you can seal each half of an RP when they are not latched together.

Relief Pod also have a variety of compact safety/survival kits.  They are very well thought out, organized in color-coded sections and are packed in stylish pouches, satchels or backpacks.  Some are optimized for comfort or urban situations.  Others are for emergencies with more first aid and survival items and fewer toiletries.

Some even have packets of “lifeboat” water and rations.  A few decades ago I tried some “lifeboat ration” and it looked like a dense brick of oatmeal/granola soaked in molasses. I guess if you have nothing else even raw seagull aka  “Haggis of the Sea” would be yummy.  Well modern technology and the Mainstay company have brought us a life boat ration that closely resembles tasty Danish Butter or Shortbread cookie in taste, texture and color but with impressive warm temperature shelf life. And that’s what the RP kits have so hey nonny nonny see Haggis jerky no more.   You can see many more product details and specs, including several videos, on ReliefPod.com.