It is inevitable, natural disasters are becoming more frequent & at greater magnitude. Victims as well as relief organizations are often unprepared for the devastation. This is quite evident in the most recent aftermath of Storm Sandy. Volunteering through the coalition, Occupy Sandy, I saw the seriousness of immediacy to distribute supplies. After assessing requirements specific to New York City’s shipping and delivery systems, I looked to solutions to service the stark human needs that both precede, and follow, natural disaster.
The key insight to the project was the recognition that typical disaster supplies—water bottle, soup can, flashlight, batteries—all share the same cylindrical profile, making them an ideal match in terms of form factor. Providing a tubular “case,” then, in the form of a corrugated tube, makes for an appropriate solution in terms of packaging and distribution.