"What we urgently need now is fuel, heavy and light oil, water and food. More than anything else, we need fuel because we can't do anything without it. We can't stay warm or work the water pumps," said Masao Hara, the mayor of Koriyama city, in Fukushima prefecture. Articles on fuel and transportation problems Rescue-Rail can solve.
Talking points from July meeting with the Deputy Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Ultra-light, free-standing networks that can be deployed over broken heavy infrastructure with manual labor:
- Medical evacuations.
- Cargo moves more securely 5 meters above the ground plane.
- Psychological support that help is durable and fair.
- Constructed with manual labor empowers people that they are not helpless and provides employment.
- Water and natural gas pipelines in the rail superstructions
- WIFI deploys along with the rail to re-establish communication.
- Mulberry Harbors so rail networks can integrate with ship resources.
Uses of Rescue-Rail:
- Pre-position Rescue-Rail to deploy while
infrastructure is unavailable and/or being repaired.
- Deploy for special events where fixed
infrastructure cannot manage peak loads.
When facing an overwhelming task, take a lesson from ants. Overwhelm large and complex with simple and many; small bites, lots of friends. In a disaster normal economic activity is severely disrupted. Engage displaced people to building the rails, empower everyone. They will help provide security because they helped create the solution.
Rescue-Rail represents a significant increase in disaster response and at a much lower cost than helicopters. We believe helicopters will continue to be required but they will be freed from mundane logistics functions, dedicated to life saving and security activities.
Fire hoses allow the power of a network to be applied at a specific point of need. Rescue-Rail applies the power of networks to mitigating the consequences of disaster. Current reliance of devices (helicopters, trucks, etc...) is like fighting a fire with a bucket brigade instead of a fire hose.