U-Haul Emergency Response Conversion Kit has been specifically designed for the American Red Cross to quickly convert an ordinary rental truck into a temporary emergency response vehicle. In a major disaster, thousands of response vehicles are needed in a short period of time, however it usually takes over a week for these Emergency Resnpose Vehicles (ERVs) to arrive on the location while the need for food and water is immediate. The challenge of this project is to find affordable solution that enables the Red Cross to respond to a large scale disaster in a short period of time.
Designer : Pengtao Yu
Instead of designing a new generation of ERV, Pengtao Yu, an industrial designer, has thought of utilizing common rental truck into a temporary ERV. Thousands of pre-staged kits can be air shipped to the disaster area in one or two days, volunteers can turn any rental truck into ERV by following detail instructions. These converted vehicles can be used to provide stationary sites for distributing food and water. It will certainly drastically cut down on the time and cost to respond.
U-Haul Emergency Response Conversion Kit is a low cost solution that will increase the capability of American Red Cross to respond faster and better to a large-scale disaster in a short period of time.